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Apr022002

Gothic Beauty reviews The Electric Haze

Gothic Beauty, Issue #5 - April 2002

Dead Poets Society
The Electric Haze
4 1/2 of 5 stars


by Poseidon

Of all the musical genres I know, the one I find the truly hardest to explain is “electronic”. Here we have one great big huge field of musical beauty (and terror) where anything that has even the slightest hint of using a keyboard other than a Bosendorfer piano is instantly reduced to “anybody can do it.” Sure. Right. Whatever.

These people have never heard Dead Poets Society. Neither had I until about an hour ago. Read on. The biography from this band was very “factual”. The Electric Haze is their debut album. Wa is the programmer, percussionist, songwriter, and “driving force behind the music”. Gibson also works the boards, providing more of the ethereal facets behind the music.” Raven Nightshado performs keyboards, vocals, and the more “melancholic” facets behind the music. Etc. etc.etc. Very factual.
What the biography does not explain, in my humble opinion, is how three simple “people” created such an amazing album!

Define the music? That’s easy. Unfortunately they don’t have a genre for “brilliant, unique, that’s some damn fine coffee.” You can dance, sleep, dream, regret, drive, f***, sit around, or do anything to this music (with the exception of headbanging, unless you’re just plain weird).

Electronic, perhaps, but with the creativity of The Orb and Dead Can Dance intermixed with it. This album is a beautiful, gentle ride through the kindest parts of chaos. A silent world called delirium. You never know where the music may take you next. From a smooth, rhythmic ride in “The Portal”, or visiting the places where no one is innocent in “Damn Fine Coffee”. I found this album dizzying, elating, chaotic, and hypnotic. Some of the BEST “electronic” music I’ve heard in a long time. These three musicians are planning a tour in support of this new album. I would urge you to check them out.

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