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PEACE BURIAL AT SEA * recommended *
:: Peace Burial At Sea ::
11 December 2006 / No Label Required / Ghostwritten Recordings :: 11 Trk CD
By Parker Knoll

Over three years since their debut album (“This is Such a Quiet Town”) on Mekong Delta was unleashed, the Hexham, Northumberland outfit (now based in Newcastle) take their searching noises forwards and upwards. With sounds that break off in mid-flight like ice from the wings of a supersonic jet, Peace Burial At Sea melt in all shapes of electronica and soulful, deep, introspective guitar music into the body of their plot.

The end result is a curious mix of post rocking exuberance and sounds of a bleak 4AD styled 80’s mood. “Aleph O” sinks into a bed of flanged synth sounds flanked by the shimmer of incidental guitars. “They Kill Us For The Sport” begins to examine territory more in common with Mogwai, whilst “Holy Terrors” blasts out a black hole of crushing rock that shares plots with their peers 65Days and YouthMovies. “Garina Catherine” is one of the best cuts on the album, complimenting the ever present sense of melody with touches of electronica and solid foundations of regimented, ethereal guitar.

Crescendos, when they do materialise, are well worth the wait and the end to “The Diagonal Argument” is soaked in an anticipation and calculated, impressively large, angst. The closing sentiments of “52 Faces” provide as yet the closest examination of the long lost days of the 80’s.

With the brave, sad suspension of one synth chord, the moods, frustrations and bitter sweet tunes of yesteryear provide a steady and impressive influence to what is a very modern rethinking of the PBAS sound.


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