The second CD from popular Portland-based industrial act Dead When I Found Her comes after two years of hard work, stage appearances, and remix commissions. Rag Doll Blues contains 12 tracks of industrial and synthpop comparable to Skinny Puppy meets Seabound, and the notable artist breaks new ground on tracks like New Age of Reason and the crazy-catchy Rain Machine. Definitely a candidate for album of the year!
Posted by setnot.com on December 20, 2012
01. No More Nightmares | 6m05s | 87 BPM
Opening credits slowly scroll up on the big screen; through a thick morning fog, we see a majestic rundown eighteenth century mansion atop a distant hill; then a scream. The spooky one minute intro of this track–constructed around a sixteen bar piano sequence–would be music for that ominous scene. By the time you’re done listening to this tune, you might need electroshock therapy to erase that infectious little melody from your memory. Not only will you hear it a lot, you will hear it from lots of different sounds, including what may be a sampled children’s choir. If that sequence doesn’t cause enough psychological damage, you’ll have to contend with some sick drums, rapid-fire bass, nasal murmured vocals, movie dialogues and a cornucopia of weird unidentifiable samples [WUS?]. Come to think of it, lobotomy might be the only cure to get this insane vibe out of your head. But seriously, why would you want to? Why not just enjoy the madness? [Did I hear a tortured cat in there somewhere?]
Full review [all 12 tracks] at: http://bit.ly/ZWEP3m
Posted by Michael J. Carrasquillo on October 16, 2012
Speaking PURELY for myself, this is the kind of Industrial band I WISH had opened for us [Slick Idiot] every night on the tour I drummed on ('High Life for Low Lives' in 2002). A lush, beautiful & well done sonic piece of work that feels like dark 80's synthpop. This album's style & sound could be reminiscent of, and characterized as, a cleaner more melodic type of early Skinny Puppy. Other bands in this genre should take notes, allow your industrial influences to come through in your music but get it together and BE YOU...BRAVO boys!