Haunted by Waters

Like the Dust

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The single album from Haunted By Waters, who broke up shortly after its release, Like the Dust was a splendid cross-fertilization that boded well for future efforts. McWhir and Hannibal moved on to start Samsara, which continued some of the ideas originally tested on Like the Dust. However, Haunted By Waters had a particular and peculiar neopagan atmosphere that has a superficial similarity to Dead Can Dance, with vocals influenced both by Middle-Eastern styles and traditional Celtic music; this was layered over a heady mixture of fluid, flexible percussion (based in San Francisco, the band boasted multiple connections to Mickey Hart), sinuous bass, and smart touches of jazz that hint at Rippingtons territory, but firmly skirt around it. Above all else, Like the Dust is a beautiful, sexy album, something to be experienced by dancing as much as by listening. It truly is a shame that this was the end of the line.

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