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10th January 2013

Music Project - Album #3: ....the Last Embrace by Arcana @ 17:49

 ....the Last Embrace by Arcana

Ok, so before the pedants start, J River Music Center orders punctuation before numbers and the letter A.

Anyway. Arcana is one of those bands I heard once and thought "Oh that's a good tune, I'll download their back catalogue because surely all their other stuff must be the same quality". This is a stupid idea. Do not fall for such tactics. Building your musical library with albums from artists based on one track (which incidentally you can't find now) is a stupid thing to do.

To be fair, some of this is alright if you're into spooky doom laden misery. This is the sort of album you might listen to if you wanted to scare the wits out of a complete stranger you have just invited into your house. Or maybe you are a moody twenty something with a penchant for dark clothing, pentagrams, red candles and joss sticks. I know I always wanted to be that person. Unfortunately when I was that age, the internet was just two computers and a jam jar and my goth friends thought I was too "normal" to be involved in their regular Sunday night listening to dark music while smoking pot and talking about Aleister Crowley sessions. If that's the kind of thing you're into though, you'll like this album.

Moreover, if you are a Dead Can Dance fan in a really bad mood, you might also be drawn into this album with gusto. Arcana mix dark atmospheric synths with tubular bells and wailing women. And probably a few glasses of absinthe with goats blood. Be warned though, this isn't the darkest album in my collection. This is the kind of darkness where you can still make out shapes. Good to morris dance to. In the dark. With good shoes on.

Of course, it has only taken me three reviews to realise that most people will not have heard of some of the bands I like, so what I should do is somehow link to a sample to give you a flavor. Furthermore, should you want a copy of the music yourself, I suppose I could set some sort of Dropbox thing up. Meh. Listen to it yourself here. Tell me I'm right and that it's truly the stuff of nightmares. I like this album. It makes me want to eat raw chicken.

http://arcana.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-embrace

 
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 07:23 (UTC)
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Some of their other stuff makes you want to sacrifice goats but yes, they are very Dead Can Dancey. You might find that there are a couple of other similar bands during the course of this project.
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From:meathiel
Date:10th January 2013 18:21 (UTC)
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Ha - finally something I own. I haven't listend to Arcana for ages, though.
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 07:24 (UTC)
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Yeah they're not the kind of band you'd put on while getting ready to go to work.
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From:meathiel
Date:10th January 2013 18:30 (UTC)
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Oh - and the song you like probably was this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tst73-Pkmds

It's their best known song ...
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 07:26 (UTC)
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Nope. Wasn't that one. Good tune though :-)
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:10th January 2013 19:17 (UTC)
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you aren't eating any raw chicken in my house
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From:stegzy
Date:11th January 2013 07:26 (UTC)
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Awww go on....

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