RUSSELL MILLS/UNDARK, "PEARL + UMBRA"
A stunning cast ofcharacters has been assembled for the recording of this album, thesecond from installation artist Russel Mills as Undark.
A stunning cast ofcharacters has been assembled for the recording of this album, thesecond from installation artist Russel Mills as Undark. Bill Laswelllends some bass notes, Eraldo Bernocchi, Michael Brook and ThurstonMoore add guitar noises, David Sylvian, Emma Townshend and IanMcCullough's voices can be heard on a different tracks while variousother sounds get added from Hector Zazou, Brian and Roger Eno, RobinGuthrie and Wire's Graham Lewis. The music is full of intoxicatingrhythmic tracks like the album's opener, "Canyon" as well asrich-textured Sylvian-sung, "Rooms of the Sixteen Shimmers," brightguitar-looped beat drenched melodies like "Shed Lustre" and dark, eerieelectronic numbers like the "All Wise Fly," which I swear is usingPanacea samples from "Twisted Designz." It's a new era of This MortalCoil influenced dark supergroups and with Robin Guthrie on your side asa co-producer and label owner, you can't fail.