There are moments in Steve Adey's new album 'The Tower Of Silence' when
time seems to stand still and the air thickens and wraps tightly around you.
Sometimes a warm blanket; sometimes a shroud. These ten compositions have
an intensity and economy which is both uncompromising and fiercely original.
Mr Adey's passionate dark brown voice inhabits this strangely unsettling
music like a ghost in search of breath and flesh and bone to fill the void.
That it is not the easiest listen should be no bar to discovery. With repeated
acquaintance the territory becomes negotiable and the form and shape of his
inventions gets a grip on your spirit and imagination and just won't let go.
Following a haunting introduction (the gently pulsing electronic instrumental
'A Few Seconds Have Passed') the deeply melancholic first song 'Laughing' unfolds
like a quasi-Elizabethan dirge; disturbing but profoundly beautiful in its own way.
No-less-so the stripped-down but perfectly structured 'Just Wait Till I Get You
Home' with its pastoral synth and vocal punctuation marks. A sublime confection.
The sparkling soundscape 'With Tongues' is a curious diversion featuring spare
percussion and Helena MacGlip's wordless angelic voice dipping in and out of focus.
The final track 'Tomorrow', however, is perhaps the project's true highlight.
A moving conclusion with something approaching hope and redemption at its heart.
Mr Adey is to be warmly congratulated for his singularly affecting vision.