Neither / Neither World - Rewound - CD - 15 tracks - Shayo - 2004

For those of you who missed the two excellent albums "Alive with the Taste of Hell" and "Suicide Notes" (World Serpent), which are now difficult to purchase, and would love to hear those acid folk songs, then Shayo did it. The small Swiss label re-released these two albums into one, "Rewound", for our listening pleasure, and for all those who are new to that melancholic music.

Where songs like Devil's Lullaby or other ones from the 1996 album are close to some dark folk songs of Current 93 or Backworld, other tracks remain in a classical pop and folk version, reminding Mazzy Star, Tarnation or even The Sundays, or some folk songs of Michael Gira's latest projects. A voice and a guitar, with side-effects, that capture the essential feeling of folk music, in its tragic beauty and ethereal atmosphere. It's also with a great pleasure that we can listen to some excellent covers, like "All I Ever Wanted" of Bauhaus, "Psychocandy" and "Darklands" of the brothers Reid, "No new Tale to Tell" of Love & Rockets. There's just "Wailing Wall" that is missing from the original album "Suicide Notes".

An excellent introduction for anyone who wants to discover the strange world of Neither/Neither World, and certainly a start for purchasing the next releases of Wendy van Dusen.

Recommended !

Stéphane F.
Autumn 2004

Note that a new limited album of Neither/Neither World will be released on Shayo next year. Shayo have also decided to re-release some fantastic albums next year, like Backworld's "Anthems from the pleasure Park", In Gowan Ring's "Hazel Steps Through a Weathered Home", and last but not least Martyn Bates' "Mystery Seas". 2005 couldn't start any better...

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