Exposé Online banner

Faith & Disease — Fortune His Sleep
(Ivy Records IR33-02, 1994, CD)

Faith & Disease — Livesongs: Third Body
(Ivy Records IR33-10, 1996, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-02-01

Fortune His Sleep Cover artLivesongs: Third Body Cover art

These being two of the three albums to date by this Seattle-based duo. The band is Dara Rosenwasser, vocals / lyrics and Eric Cooley, bass / lyrics. Both albums have several additional musicians to fill them out. Faith & Disease are a Gothic band a-la Dead Can Dance, meaning, the music is dark, gloomy, and beautiful. Dara's voice is superb, and the band covers a bit of ground on these albums. Fortune His Sleep opens with the awesome eight minute, "Healing Anne." It rocks pretty good in a Cure kind-of way. They also cover The Cure's "All Cats Are Gray" very faithfully. What caught my attention was that they cover Renaissance's "Ashes are Burning" (just the ending vocal section), obviously Dara is no Annie, but it's good. Certainly not your run of the mill cover song. There is some wonderful music here. Like a Dead Can Dance album, it's full of different influences; eastern, folk and gothic rock. On Livesongs: Third Body we get some, duh, live performances. This is an even better album. Dara's voice is really good, tracks like "Witches" or "Violet" bear this out. Her crooning over a subtly intense guitar riff is what drive the band, some pretty good drumming too. Actually the playing is all excellent from this little known Seattle band. For the live "Ashes are Burning," they extend it a bit. Again with a more grinding, psych-sounding guitar solo. I bought these for the Renaissance song, but the quality of the music is what keeps me listening to them. Faith & Disease is releasing a new album soon and will tour, watch for them.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 14, 1994 releases, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Faith & Disease

More info
http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/fandd

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Marillion - Clutching at Straws – This EMI reissue has given me an opportunity I thought was long past: to review what I consider to be Marillion's finest moment. When I first discovered Marillion, I was dying for something new to...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues