The second album from Port Chalmers, Dunedin band Death and the Maiden creates a shadowy world within a world; populated by melancholy melodic synth waves, dreamy reverb washed guitars and vocals that celebrate the excruciating beauty and crushing weight of everyday life.
The band – Lucinda King (vocals, Bass), Hope Robertson (guitar, drums, vocals) and Danny Brady (synths, programming) – create a beautiful depth of sound, nestled between the programmed beats, synth arpeggios, hypnotic guitars and a pulsing bass.
Continuing from their eponymous debut, “Wisteria” conjures dreams of love, decay. Sounding at times wispy and ethereal, “Wisteria” also has passages of driving, pulsing cacophony; breathing life into the dreams of the dead.
“This is the perfect soundtrack for the enveloping heat of a new season. Beautiful, scary and endlessly evocative.”
The Quietus (UK) Read the full review in The Quietus here.
“a euphoric urgent post-punk sound that taps straight into a visceral need to nod and sway… “Wisteria” is more gutsy, more beat driven than their 2015 eponymous debut, and an enveloping, whole body experience.”
Album of the Week, The Listener (NZ)