Actress's latest opus is loaded with sonic trickery, understated emotion and unusual song-compositions. Here's just a few descriptions of the album's sound based on a couple of listens, and I'll probably flesh out this review on repeat listens. I highly recommend you listen too, as this is a fantastic and forward-thinking record.
'Uriel's Black Harp' has plucked strings play out beneath an insistent insect chirp and an ominous machine-groan. On repeat listens I thought I noticed a classical instrumental seep into the track near the end. 'Marble Plexus' has a 4/4 thud but there's also a skewed and weirdly alien sounding synth-melody that sounds a bit off like you're hearing it through a worm-hole. Slightly muted sleigh-bell percussion veers in towards the latter half of the song and the submerged harmonies become more grand-sounding and hymn-like.
'Shadow From Tartarus' surges along via its own bass-weight and is one of the most dubby, and indeed clubby, tracks here. 'Caves Of Paradise' is another dance-floor ready number, but once again there's an introverted majesty to its looping melody that befits listening through headphones and closing your eyes. 'IWAAD' is a beautifully pastoral and elegant piece of music. I was initially a bit shocked at how resolutely emotive it sounded in comparison to anything from his previous album 'Splazsh', and this album hits me way deeper than anything Actress has done before.