Certain Beyond All Resonable Doubt
When listening to Murder Ballads, you have to take
conventional concepts of music and throw them out the window.
Murder Ballads is a partnership between Mick Harris (Scorn)
and Martyn Bates (Eyeless in Gaza), in which Harris
provides musical soundscapes undertoning the waifish vocals
of Bates. Released in three different discs, this set is finally
collected in the 3-CD set.
The intriguing sound of Murder Ballads is composed
of pulsing sounds layered with haunting low-end screeches.
Anyone familiar with Harris' work with Lull will know what
to expect musically. Bates comes in with a pale voice singing
dark, unstructured folk-like tales, lending to an almost demented
sound that is as interesting as unnerving.
While each song has it's own tone and story to tell, often,
most of them end up sounding quite similar. Fans of convential
music will most likely be turned off by this offering, which
can really only be enjoyed by fans of ambient music like Lull
and Main. Because of the casual structure of each 4-track
cd, listening to a full cd is best enjoyed as background music.
While the concept is strong and a great change from the
norm, even for the ambient genre,the product can often feel
tedious and overwhelming. Unfortunately, this album does not
lend itself to casual, short-attention-span listeners who
want a quick five minute fix. If you've enjoyed Lull
and similar projects, then consider getting this one. If you
like a little more structure with your song, this might not
be the album, or collection, for you.