Dulcet Jones - More Halloween, I'm Afraid, self-released 2014 - 4/5
1. Asylum Wedding, 2. Lobotomy Ward, 3. More Halloween, I'm
Afraid, 4. Night Circus, 5. November First Coming Down, 6. Red
Narasimha, 7. Release The Bats, 8. Steampunk Lullaby
Here's an instrumental album which brings atmospheric tracks with a
horroresque feel. The song writing accents moods rather than
techniques which is a great option when applied to a soundtrack. Jim Graham - the multi-instrumentalist behind Dulcet Jones, did it successfully as
every track here tells a different story.
“Asylum Wedding” sounds slow and melancholic but you'd surely expect some scary voices to come in with such guitar and bass arrangements. “Lobotomy Ward” comes out perhaps a little too gentle compared to what the title could suggest, though the entire composition is well done with a haunting, spacey mood and delicate guitar tones. On the contrary, in “More Halloween, I'm Afraid” there's a little dialogue between the bass and high-pitched guitar, all wrapped up in a ghostly 'boooo!' atmosphere. A beautiful Russian ballerina accompanied by red nosed clowns may come up in your mind with “Night Circus”. Next, there's “November First, Coming Down” - a nostalgic acoustic song which is not deprived of darker moments. The piano based “Red Narasimha” may sound as delicate as a feather, but the low tuned synth accompanied by a bit of echoing makes an intriguing contrast and attracts the listeners' attention. “Release the Bats” has an old school gothic feel thanks to a notoriously graded bass and noisy guitars but the composition becomes a bit shallow and experimental at times. Finally, what would you expect to hear in a song entitled “Steampunk Lullaby”? Steam SFX of course. And a bit of an old music box vibe. They are all there but also a spacey, ambient arrangement which finishes the album and in addition, mixes with “Asylum Wedding” very well. If you're tired of simple, rowdy music, make sure you get this album, which will surely fill your imagination with dozens if ideas.
Katarzyna “NINa” Gornisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, August 27 2014