In the real dark night of the soul, it’s always three o’clock in the morning. Nolens Volens, the new Deadly Syndrome CD out March 23, feels like a dream journey through a shifting, swirling, half-remembered sleepscape, weaving a spell that falls somewhere between a minimalist Tommy and the lushest psychosis of Dark Side of the Moon. The diamond hard songs burn with a gem-like flame; they are trance-inducing visions of the night, well worth the wait since the glorious Ortolan flew.
Track 1, Villain, throws open a door into a room in the sleeping city; a candle burns as the writer carves his lyrics, alternately kind and killing. As he falls into troubled sleep, Doesn’t Matter is roiling still water running deep in the alpha ether. Wingwalker questions reality and illusion, yet features one of the cheeriest lead guitar riffs ever recorded. After Work carves up a sleeping subconscious, finding a Party City that gives way to medieval minstrelry. Deer Trail Place is a haunted mansion, with half-remembered childhood ghosts in every screaming room. Good Morning is a false dawn. Pterodactyls land in the studio and carry off the drummer during Trouble Again. Armrest’s stark relationship is suspended in sheer space, like Highway One hanging over the curving sun-seared cliffs high above a churning cold Big Sur sea. A chill dawn begins to glimmer as Heresy unveils a new day.
The record release show is this Thursday, March 25, at the Echoplex in Echo Park.