Monday, July 07, 2014

The Fullest Roar I Have Ever Heard - D.N.P and David Duell

Whilst The Stones famously celebrated their 19th nervous breakdown in surprisingly chipper fashion this new release from D.N.P (aka Chris Downing, aka Little Chris) and David Duell (ex Bombers / Fade To Sepia) sounds more like the soundtrack to a man’s 119th nervous breakdown with Duell providing the haunting words and vocals and D.N.P the eerie post industrial wasteland atmospherics. Easy listening it ain’t but there’s actually something strangely hypnotic and womblike (albeit a womb pierced by barbed wire and choked up with the stench of cordite) about the work that makes emerging from its embrace both a trauma and a relief. It all reaches its peak...or trough...with the almost unbearably bleak Sunday On Tuesday, Duell surrendering to the “drink and cigarettes I need to function” against a fragile soundtrack pockmarked by an untuned electrical device, echoing the disconnected state of mind it...and many of its companion ably seeks to replicate no doubt. Overall an unsettling but rewarding ‘roar-dio’ visceral treat. 

You can stream/buy the whole thing right here. I did try to embed the Bandcamp player but either it didn't work or I didn't. Given my fragile grasp of any technical I'd go for the latter option.  

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