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For Against : In The Marshes

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 15 2008
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Artist: For Against (@)
Title: In The Marshes
Format: CD
Label: Words On Music (@)
Rated: *****
This record was for a long time the most obscure and cult release by For Against since when it came out in 1990 - even if it was recorded in 1986 during a break from the "Echelons" sessions. We all know For Against for "Echelons" and the all-time classic "December", always with a distinct style that ranked them among both dreampop and postpunk. So if the main reference for the above mentioned albums were Chameleons UK, Sad Lovers and Giants and obviously the Factory records roster, "In The Marshes" shows the darker side of their career - with cryptic lyrics repeated many times by Jeffrey
Runnings' mesmerizing voice. The heavy use of drum machines, the overall feel of deep uneasiness and gloom is similar to some mitteleuropean bands - and makes "In The Marshes" the coldest record ever recorded in the US (if you get what I mean). If you don't know them, probably this is not the best record to begin with - but it is surely my personal favourite. The cd comes in a six panel digipack with jaw-dropping artwork by Bruce Lichner (two-time Grammy nominee for design and ex-Savage Republic ). Watch out for their gigs around europe and the new album "Shade Side Sunny Side" due out on April 8th.