Celestial Respect CD, 2011
Raw and ethereal at the same time, two qualities long thought to be mutually exclusive. “Solar Riser” opens with multiple layers of vocal and keyboard drones. “Burnt Cookies” starts with a satisfyingly simple drum beat and builds into a sort of a gothic Rolling Stones full-band groove, disappearing behind a wall of echo. The songs are interspersed with keyboard and vocal passages which are themselves cloaked in slapback echo. “Fallen Down” is a straight, quiet passage near the end. The overall tone reminds me of the first couple of Jarboe solo albums I heard, and, like those, “Celestial Respect” is its own thing.
Ian C Stewart