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Aidan Baker

Songs of Flowers and Skin

(Beta-lactum Ring; US: 6 Jul 2010; UK: 2 Aug 2010)

Songs of Flowers and Skin is an Aidan Baker experiment far removed from his drone-swirled life in Nadja and re-released by Beta-lactum Ring. Really, the EP is far removed from a lot of his solo soundscape work. At times it’s like the soft rock moments of Between The Buried And Me’s Alaska. Its six tracks delve quietly into dark and echoey romantics like the chamber music of some vampire coot. “Take Me Out of My” rustles around under an airy veil of fuzz while the closer, “Flowerskin”, sounds like goth-y Trent Reznor fare until nearly the 14-minute mark, descending to silence and returning nearly ten minutes later for an outro of strummed guitar and Baker’s folk voice. Too slow at times, the album is agreeable without being pretty.

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Jason Cook is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. After a slew of existential crises, he adventured throughout New England and became a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. He's now reviewing music for PopMatters, The Quietus, and Resident Advisor, and writing/editing Call of Cthulhu books for Chaosium.


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