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April 1984: dutch review first LP Dead Can Dance
I have some old interviews and reviews that were published in the dutch media. First one is a review in the dutch magazine 'Vinyl' that doesn't exist anymore, but in the 80Â´s was the magazine of progressive music.
And Also The Trees â€“ And Also The Trees
Dead Can Dance â€“ Dead Can Dance
Vinyl, April 1984
By Joost NiemÃ¶ller
As movements get more diffuse it's hard to make a stand about what is good and what is not. This certainly goes for the popmusic of today. As a consequence on one hand efforts are made to make artificial trends, which at a closer view are nothing more than little circles of friends. On the other hand people are trying to create clarity by offering immediate commercial succes. For instance the former thinks at last The Smiths are a positive popband and still of integrity (even though itâ€™s never explained why) and for the latter the Simple Minds, because theyÂ´re modern and yet performing at sold-out stadiums. Behind this there lies a sea of confused opinions and feelings. While confusion grows, the chance of something happening is growing too. Itâ€™s my conviction.
One of these terrible diffused currents is characterized by a tendency towards the mystic. Thatâ€™s how two groups from totally different circles of friends can publish a debut-album with the same mystic-tendencies without probably even knowing each others music.
And Also The Trees brings (nature-)mystical associations to mind. Not only because of their symbolical (but which symbol?) name. The photo on the cover of this debut without title shows the rest: a wood of ferns in the morningmists, behind it the silhouette of a wood-covered hill. Any time one expects an fairy or goblin.
About four years ago And Also The Trees on a regular basis were supporting The Cure. Their debut is produced by The Cureâ€™s faithfull second man: Lol Tolhurst. And the influences can be heard: you can imagine the kind of guitar, the kind of bass, the depressed lyrics and most of all: the diffused overall-sound. But Simon Jonesâ€™ singing is less complaintative than Robert Smithâ€™s. After listening closer to it, it can be seen that And Also The Trees posesses a remarkable greater dose of wildness than The Cure. I find it a wonderful, intense record. For what itâ€™s worth in these confused times.
Compared to that the first album of Dead Can Dance is a lot more â€˜niceâ€™. But here also itâ€™s the cover that explains the lot: an African(?) masque, printed in black and white with a lot of shadows. And then that name! Dead Can Dance publishes at the same label as the Cocteau Twins. Musically a comparison is easily made. But the difference is, that Dead Can Dance offers a lot more depth and diffuse, symbolic power. A rough guitar, Esoteric lyrics. The rythms now and then almost eastern. This too is a sort of beautiful I love. In the end the sort of beautiful of Dead Can Dance matches up the sort of beautiful of Also The Trees. When both bands would meet each other on stage they would be surprised. And say the other band is one of the wrong kind.
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