Exposé Online banner

The Long Dead Sevens — The White Waltz & Other Stories
(Beta-lactam Ring mt190+mt192, 2008, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2009-07-01

The White Waltz & Other Stories Cover artThe Long Dead Sevens, an interesting name and an interesting band. Picture if you will, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds covering Leonard Cohen with a dash of Tom Waits thrown in for good measure and you may have an idea what to expect on The White Waltz & Other Stories. The ten ballads on this disc are a collection of atmospheric, brooding, bluegrass, and avant garde tunes. This is some of the darkest pseudo-country/folk arrangements that you can imagine. Many of these songs could have found a home on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. The Long Dead Sevens are Paul J. Rogers (acoustic/electric guitars, percussion, melodica, sound sculpture, backing vocals), Nick Cliff (vocals), Jennifer Hames (piano, violin, organ), Ian Turner (bass, banjo, resonator guitar, 12 string), and Nick Hames (drum kit, percussion). Jennifer Hames’ piano and violin superbly augment Nick Cliff’s mournful baritone, particularly on “Our Lady Damned,” which could have been written by the Legendary Pink Dots. Over the course of the disc, the music moves away from the wild-west Gothic of the opening tracks to the final experimental sound collage, reversed sound bites, and sepulchral waltz of “The Black Waltz/The Red Waltz.” Notably on this final track, Jennifer’s violin sounds remarkably like the Legendary Pink Dots’ former fiddler Patrick Q. Paganini. All in all, The White Waltz & Other Stories is an impressive debut release, but don’t listen to this disc if you are in the mood for cheerful music.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): The Sevens Collective, The Long Dead Sevens

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Zao - Z=7L – For those not familiar with Zao, they were the first true Magma spin-off band, formed by reedsman Yochk'o Seffer and pianist Francois "Faton" Cahen, at a time when their creative role within that band...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues