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Artist: The Dead Yesterdays
Title: Waiting For The Lightning
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
The Dead Yesterdays hail from Scotland and describe themselves as “4 spring sonic mayhem for the musically disinclined.” Sounds promising. This disc consists of two tracks. The first, “Waiting For The Lightning,” is a plodding, noisy walk through an post-apocalyptic landscape. But this isn’t the wall of noise that I expected from the description. Instead, we have here the best possible elements of noise and dark ambient coming together. It’s noisy, but not really noise. At times, the noise peeks through the surface, but never really comes out in full force. It becomes increasingly distorted toward the end. The track moves well into the next track, “Wayward Souls,” which is more rhythmic than the first track, but the rhythm does not stay consistent. Instead, this is like a machine whose gears have long ago worn out but the power keeps it running anyway, even as parts fall off occasionally. This is much more in line with the noisiness that I expected, but this is still pleasant and enjoyable, and almost hypnotic. Overall, this reminds me of James Keeler’s (of Wilt fame) descriptor “dark noise.” Well done. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.



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