Call for Music Writers... Rock, Indie, Urban, Electronic, Americana, Metal, World and More

Music
cover art

Talkdemonic

Ruins

(Glacial Pace; US: 4 Oct 2011; UK: 24 Oct 2011)

Talkdemonic’s music has been refined since the duo’s 2004 debut Mutiny Sunshine and more than ever it reminds me of film soundtrack music. Unfortunately, the term “cinematic” and the ubiquitous description of instrumental music as “a soundtrack for an imaginary film” are so overused that they have become almost as meaningless as the term “minimal”. All this to say, despite its dynamic mixture of strings and electronics, since Ruins doesn’t come with a film, it almost seems to have an ingredient missing.


Although I prefer the rougher edges of earlier efforts, this is Talkdemonic’s best mixed and most expansive record to date, with a wide-ranging degree of loudness and a balance between the calmness and sensuality suggested by Lisa Molinaro’s cello and viola and Kevin O’Connor’s more agitated, percussive elements. There is a consistently propulsive quality that is mirrored by a recent tour schedule running, in 13 days, through Utah, Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, British Columbia, and Washington. It’s easy to speculate that the album would sound better played in a vehicle while driving from city to city, rather than in the stationary venues in which the group performed.

Rating:

Media
Talkdemonic - Tour Video
Related Articles
6 Jul 2006
Talkdemonic's Beat Romantic fuses elements of classical composition with IDM, jazz beats, and thoughtfully placed organic filigree, making for a very lovely and engaging album of hypnotic melancholy and meditative bliss.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.