Various Artists

After the Flood

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Regardless of who exactly is behind After the Flood, or even if there's one chief person in particular coordinating everything, the debut album is a lovely piece of work, equivalent in its own way to 4AD's This Mortal Coil and Hope Blister projects, or Projekt's Black Tape for a Blue Girl, in drawing together a variety of different performers under one umbrella to create a haunting, ambient-influenced final release. If nothing else, it could hardly have been conceived as a unified project unless somebody was extremely dedicated from the start -- recording dates given are from 1989 to 1994! The CD starts brilliantly with "It's All in the Sun," with Washington cult art/rock figure Maxine providing guitar and tape music while multi-instrumentalist Dale Lloyd, as close to being the lead figure on the album as anyone (and even he doesn't appear on all the songs), adds his soft voice and further orchestrations to create a swirling, mysterious introduction to the album. Tracks range from brief acoustic fragments to more fully developed songs, some with fairly detailed arrangements and multiple instruments and/or singers, with everything definitely pitched to the more shadowy side of things -- even the banjo on "Abandoned Ship" sounds desolate in context, set against Lloyd's heavily delayed guitar work. The varied instrumentation cleverly links the album's mood to a number of traditions; the accordion on "Glissando" calls to mind downbeat French cabaret songs, while the keening vocals on "Morning Come, Bottle Dry" suggest everything from Yoko Ono to traditional cries of lament from many areas of the world. If anything, the chamber folk of such performers as Nick Drake and Tom Rapp could be considered the basic touchstones, but nothing on After the Flood is so easily reduced to such comparisons. Lovely and underappreciated, After the Flood is well worth investigating.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:40
2
5:04
3
5:03
4
2:45
5
3:59
6
4:45
7
5:16
8
6:12
9
4:56
10
4:02

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:16
2
3:32
3
5:19
4
3:17
5
6:09
6
2:54
7
4:35
8
5:26
9
12:07
10
3:46
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