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Pillars and Tongues - 'End-dances' (album stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

It's hard not to notice the resemblances between the rich textures that Pillars and Tongues conjure up and the lush, mystical soundscapes of Dead Can Dance.

It's hard not to notice the resemblances between the rich textures that Pillars and Tongues conjure up and the lush, mystical soundscapes of Dead Can Dance, aided and abetted, in particular, by Mark Trecka's placid baritone vocals. But what really brings the Dead Can Dance comparisons to mind on Pillars and Tongues' upcoming album End-dances are its wide-open sonic palettes, which unfurl their complexities and intricacies when you let their contemplative, meditative qualities play out over time.

Premiering on PopMatters, Pillars and Tongues' End-dances is due out 17 September on Empty Cellar Records.

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