Kit Watkins

Wet, Dark & Low

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Like Brian Eno, Kit Watkins possesses two main musical alter-egos. One side composes ambient music; the other captures the very chaos of modern living, interpreted through modern musical idioms. Wet, Dark and Low, his latest, is of the latter style, with similarities to Eno's recent Nerve Net. Ritualistic in its driving currents of percussive sounds, Watkins exposes inner demons and "Wild Man" tendencies, right down to the Robert Bly quote on the back and "Setting Iron John Free." Two tracks feature guitarist Carl Weingarten with his Fripp-like slide guitar and effects. The 12-minute "Cell Division" joins strange effects and voices with alien space creatures dancing in the streets, while the closing "Still Hope" is a thought-provoking ballad of survival and emergence.

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