Dead Can Dance
It's really hard to nail The Changelings down with
a simple description. Their music is a fusion of ambient,
classical, Middle Eastern and even Baroque/Romantic that seems
to shift in focus with each new album. Performing with keyboards,
guitars, citar, hammered dulcimer, violin and viola, they
produce an ethereal sound that's augmented by some of the
finest vocal work. Each piece has an almost casualness to
it, while still maintaining a level of emotion. At times,
you can heard vast influences, ranging from Dead Can Dance
to Enigma and Enya.
The Changelings have an "old world" flavor to their
sound. While they mix it up with some gothic sound to their
music, on the whole, their sound revolves around more classic
tones and working with less traditional, mainstream instruments
and sounds. Regeana Morris' vocals are magnificent in quality
and tone. I find myself mesmerized by her voice, especially
in tracks like Parallax and My Shadow, Your Ghost.
Damon Young's vocals on Olympus Mons are likewise well
performed and very reminiscent of Dead Can Dance.
While each song has their own pace and persona, you can tell
that once again that have a theme to the album. Orbit
is slow and enchanting with a well played organ and percussion
combo that sets a fine background to the vocals. Veils
of Gold is a magnificent piece with some fine stringwork
and a rousing chorus of sharply harmonic vocals layered with
some powerful percussion and strings. Mata Hari shows
strong Middle Eastern influence without being overbearing
about it. The instrumental Hypersleep is a fine piece
that seems to capture most of the feel and sound of the album
in one collective piece.
And, to break up the pace, they even perform Syd Barret's
See Emily Play, which feels more mainstream than the
rest of the album, but still is performed well and shows signs
of Pink Floyd's influence on the act.
If you find yourself looking for an album that shows lots
of talent and promise, this is what you need to get. The
Changelings always seem to be looking forward, while hanging
onto musical concepts of the past. Fans of many genres of
music should find something in this album. It's neither overbearing
or loud and rude for the sake of it. There's no mainstream
radio singles here. But, there are a lot of great performances
and a fine show of talent to be enjoyed.