Fam­ily Por­trait (Brain­feeder) DANCE

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - CULTURE -

UK pro­ducer Felix Clary Weather­all’s stockin-trade is “lo-fi house” but his ex­per­i­men­tal brand of dance is much more ex­pan­sive than that sug­gests. He favours a metic­u­lous ap­proach, lay­er­ing sounds and tex­tures, and sev­eral tracks on this de­but al­bum (‘Wear Me Down’ and ‘The Knife’) demon­strate his mas­tery of sev­eral strands of elec­tron­ica. The au­ral equiv­a­lent of sand­pa­per? This 10th al­bum from one of Amer­ica’s most sin­gu­lar mu­si­cians fits the bill. It’s dark and de­praved thanks to songs about mur­der and death and ev­ery­thing from Waits’s fe­ro­ciously growled vo­cals to the raw, bluesy ar­range­ments makes for an un­com­fort­able lis­ten. But on his best al­bums, Waits is ut­terly com­pelling, and this is es­sen­tial.

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