Descendants Of The Wandering
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
It's interesting how two people automatically make a project so much more vital than the solo Industrial espionage records we are inundated with these days and Datura have interesting ingredients, with snakehips guitar, a surprisingly tatty drum machine, trusty choruses and lively vocals. Even when the sound is treated somewhat it sounds sparky.
The first two tacks are equally striking, and often slow to allow their noises to make more sense (a lot of skittering sounds creep through the background), with imaginative guitar twinkling and poisoned commercial sense at work. Rock minded guitar also slugs you when least expected.
The simple lyrics of 'In The Silence' connect, for all the pained style, and while the emoting is a biy dippy 80's and the chorus old-fashioned it's as torrid as it is florid.
They also have very slick compositions. For all the supposed Tool empathies, you'll find 'Maneto' is close to Ure-era Ultravox. 'This Kind Repair' also has a touch of the stiff and angular 80's electronics, circa Thomas Dolby, if that's any help.
Apart from the self-pitying vocals in 'Ghost Page' I liked this record, especially 'Strength Of Will' with strong vocals and razored guitar curtains closing around them. It isn't even rocky, lacking any forward motion, but just seems to stand there, being noisy.
I wish them well on their journey, for I have no idea where they're going, having stated, "Datura is no longer willing to be bound by the constraints of the Gothic Music scene." Bye then.
DESCENDANTS OF THE WANDERING