Nethers — In Fields We Will Lie
(Box Theory BOXT005, 2005, CD)
by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01
Perfectly compartmentalized component parts lean up against the bulwark of fortunate, and insidiously assiduous, sinuous manna. This is one of the few bands this year I could only have discovered by happenstance. My first encounter came by way of a Dungen concert — they were opening on the bill. Emanating in waves of flotational notation, their compositions wafted across the crowd and drowned my sensory capacity to understand how energy could so easily be transmuted and sent propulsively across an audience. Captivating is the only proper way to describe the experience. They have two modes which they vacillate from as if Tinkerbell herself lay to roost within. Dulcet acid-folk / folk-progressive is one aspect of their aural diction, assuaging the interests of Emtidi's Säät and Hoelderlin's Traume fanatics while also containing a female vocalising akin to Tyrannosaurus Rex, sans the vibrato. The diametrically poised counterpart is a heaving spacerock rampart groan not far from our pals on Planet Gong. Perforce, these seeming extremes are sometimes even elucidated upon within the context of a single composition. Versatile and agile, Nethers dance back and forth across the divide with relative swiftness, holding easy enchantment. They are deftly pincer-like in ontologically espousing audible synesthesia from the tips of their putty fingers. Let them take you to those fields and melt away into the sunset, blissed.
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