Serpentine Gallery [Deluxe 2005 Edition]

Serpentine Gallery [Deluxe 2005 Edition]

by Switchblade Symphony
     
 

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When beauty collides with intellect, whether divine or arcane, the result is always good listening. Subtly sublime and hypnotically haunting, Susan Wallace and Tina Root, the darkwave duo behind Switchblade Symphony, brew an ambitious goth broth on their debut LP, Serpentine Gallery, named after the famed British exhibition hall.

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When beauty collides with intellect, whether divine or arcane, the result is always good listening. Subtly sublime and hypnotically haunting, Susan Wallace and Tina Root, the darkwave duo behind Switchblade Symphony, brew an ambitious goth broth on their debut LP, Serpentine Gallery, named after the famed British exhibition hall. Following the lead of surrealist photographer Man Ray, these California girls go for textures of mood beyond the framework of conventional songwriting. Luckily, Serpentine Gallery combines two demos, so the song base is strong; "Fable," which deals with fairies and magic, and "Elegy," which doles out cold, hard reality, come together seamlessly, because the production on Serpentine Gallery supplies a sonic wash that unifies the two disparate ideologies. Sure, sometimes such atmosphere outweighs the melody and leaves the lyrics behind. But all is forgiven, for Wallace and Root are young and their ideas possess maturity and depth. Their unique chemistry and diverse influences explain their popularity with a generation who rarely visits such bizarre realms of beguiling Baroque. Each tune wields enough personality to distinguish itself ("Dissolve" and "Clown" are quite good). Varying sonics and guitar gnashing help "Sweet" soar (not a reference to the gutter-glitter band of the same name, as Root is surprisingly influenced by the vocal styling of Mike Patton). Switchblade Symphony could resurrect the mysticism and eclecticism of vintage Siouxsie and the Banshees. That's a lofty goal, but these are two talented ladies. [The Deluxe 2005 edition features a greatly expanded song list (on two CDs) as well as a radio interview and bonus music video on CD-ROM.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157148220
catalogNumber:
1482

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Performance Credits

Switchblade Symphony   Primary Artist
Jon Mohr   Bass,Erhu
Justin Clayton   Drums
Robin Jacobs   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Tina Root   Vocals
Susan Wallace   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
David Glass   Percussion
Eric Gebow   Drums
George Earth   Guitar,Drums

Technical Credits

Mike Martin   Engineer
John Bird   Engineer
Wolf Kessler   Engineer
George Stone   Engineer
Robin Jacobs   Graphic Design,drum programming
Tina Root   Composer
Susan Wallace   Composer,Programming
Giovanni Rodríguez   Graphic Design
Gregory Butler   Programming,Producer

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