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DEAD VOICES ON AIR - From Labrador to Madagascar

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Invisible Records INV1128
Release Year: 2006
Note: first DVOA album after 7 years break
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.50
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"The dueling musical sensibilities of Mark Spybey have finally suitably merged on From Labrador to Madagascar, the first Dead Voices on Air studio album in seven years. Before 1998, he was a strictly ambient sound manipulator, able to create layers of dread with gloomy found sound and the liberal use of delay effects. Then came Piss Frond, the closest thing to a commercial breakthrough that an artist like Spybey ever sees, which saw the introduction of traditional song structures and even some vocal turns. 2000s Frankie Pett Presents the Happy Submarines felt like more of a stopgap than anything, though it turned out to be a stopgap that lasted seven years. Finally, Spybey is back, combining long, ambient (though rife with percussion) exercises like Madagascar with shorter, more structured experiments like the pounding, abrasive opener Tongue Like Scree and the didgeridoo-touched, disembodied voices of Grueland. Though discordance and dread are his trademarks, however, the best moments on From Labrador to Madagascar are the pretty ones, the delayed wood flute of Furtive and the distant cathedral choirs of Splay sticking out as the strongest moments on a really-damn-good album. Its unlikely that Spybey will ever again release anything as accessible (not to mention accomplished) as Piss Frond, but for anyone in the market for some dark, dynamic ambient music, missing From Labrador to Madagascar would be a minor tragedy." [Popmatters]