ARTIST:

WHITE MOTH BLACK BUTTERFLY

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE COST OF DREAMING

(2021)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

ATMOSPHERIC ROCK

TAGS:
Electro, Hovering, Intimist, Melancholic
"By bringing a strong electro component to its initially ambient pop, White Moth Black Butterfly attenuates the dreamy dimension of its so bewitching music."
NUNO777 (28.05.2021)  
3/5
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The second album "Atone" of the international project White Moth Black Butterfly led by Daniel Tompkins had carried us high with a very beautiful impression. The same collective at work comes back for a third dreamy escapade entitled "The Cost Of Dreaming".

At least for half, this new album remains in the purity of the previous records of the collaboration with an ethereal and contemplative pop carried by heavenly voices. The emotion is at the same time accompanying the journey and providing sensations of infinity in the pure 'Ether', the experimental 'Sands Of Despair', 'Under The Stars' and the final all in intensity 'Spirits'. Sometimes, you will find songs less melancholic like 'Liberate', 'Portals' or 'Heavy Heart'. Although the melodic qualities are not as subtle as many of the tracks on "Atone", this series of compositions gives substance to the sense of wide-open spaces that accompanies the escapist pleasure that we enjoy from White Moth Black Butterfly.

But "The Cost Of Dreaming" also gives a very important place to the electro dimension unlike its predecessor, which modifies its minimalist spirit and its global coherence. In the other half of the record, the ambiences are less ambient and more synthetic with a more percussive and loaded rendering ('Use You' with its strange and disturbing narrative passage, 'Soma', 'Unholy') affirming a more commercial identity ('Darker Days' which welcomes a nice saxophone, 'Soma') made of modern pop ('The Dreamer') and of new-wave ('Prayer For Rain'). The addition of effects on the voices ('Prayer For Rain', 'Unholy') supports the artificial orientation of this sample of tracks going against the impression of purity and amplitude of the other compositions.

White Moth Black Butterfly has the virtue of not letting itself be locked in a style, as mastered as it is, by widening the framework of its atmospheric pop to a more electro purpose. But where the personality of the band found its justification in a subtly arranged sobriety, it disappears in a more common pop. A contrast which could upset the quietude of an experience out of time and bring back, sometimes brutally, to less stratospheric levels.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
MASSIVE ATTACK, NO MAN, SIGUR ROS


TRACK LISTING:
01. Ether
02. Prayer For Rain
03. The Dreamer
04. Heavy Heart
05. Portals
06. Use You
07. Darker Days
08. Sands Of Despair
09. Under The Stars
10. Soma
11. Liberate
12. Unholy
13. Bloom
14. Spirits

LINEUP:
Daniel Tompkins: Chant
Jordan Bethany: Chant
Keshav Dhar: Guitares
Mac Christensen: Batterie
Randy Slaugh: Claviers
Eric Guenther: Claviers / Invité
Kenny Fong: Invité / Saxophone
   
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CORTO1809
28/05/2021
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J'avoue ne pas connaître "Atone", cet album n'a donc pas perturbé mon écoute de "The Cost of Dreaming" qui propose un mélange de pop et d'atmosphérique délicat et fort agréable.
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