"Midwife for Black Nights" CDR
Genres: electronica, ambient, electro
Dec 22 - 28 2003
always the ugly ones that exceed expectations. Take Neuron
Nest's Midwife for Black Nights, for example. The
cover is poorly printed, the liner notes are curiously laid-out upside
down, and the whole thing looks relatively shoddy and homemade.
Plus the press sheet claims that Midwife is an experimental electronic
project. That's never good - most of the time homemade projects
of the sort come off sounding like Fennesz filtered through a
But there are exceptions. Like Neuron Nest's S.
Davies, who has actually done quite a bit with the eight songs on
this interesting album. Armed with Protools and a veritable
truckload of samples, Davies has created an enjoyable, moody,
oftentimes creepy album that combines elements of ambient, electronic,
and industrial music.
"Seabed Secret" is a definite highlight on Midwife.
Featuring a delicate piano melody, and some neat bass playing, it
almost sounds like Fight Club-era Dust Brothers
material. "Pandora's Keepers," meanwhile, is a
funereal piece of dark electronica with some bizarre, creepy vocals.
Though Midwife is not perfect (care to explain
"The Tin Fairy," Neuron?), there's some really good
stuff to behold on this album - a lot more than you might expect, at
least. So if you're into obscure, homemade electronic music, you
can do no harm giving Neuron Nest a chance.
[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by the
artist, released 2003]