FLOOD & FLAME "ALL THAT'S GOLDEN IS NEVER REAL" 6CDr (AOW 418)
Flood & Flame is a new collaborative project between Texas HNW iconoclasts Mitchell Rotunno (The Ebony Tower) and Christopher Charles Robinson (Big Hole) focused on the work of synth pop overlords CHVRCHES. I'm very familiar with the output of both of these gentlemen, as they are friends to me and have both had multiple releases with AOW; the sounds here are utterly transfixing, noise taken to a place of deep melodicism without sacrificing intensity of any sort (musical or emotional.) It's a thing of rare magick, these six discs, and i'm really at a loss to describe it further. It's pop music taken to its logical, deconstructionist end, stretched out to infinity and imbued with noise's causticness and inaccessibility. Pushing you away while at the same time beckoning you closer. Tension and beauty, explosions and descents into sadness. Over 8 hours of lovely sounds. I wish i had made this record, it's just masterful. If you are a fan of either Mitchell's or Christopher's projects, you need to hear this.
Packaged in a six-DVD case and released in a limited edition of 15 hand-numbered copies. $30 ppd. in the United States, $46 rest of world.