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A Vancouver i Perfume Tree eseguono un pop ultra-atmosferico, al
limite dell'ambientale e della psichedelia ma saldamente radicato nel rock classico (a meta` strada fra i
Dead Can Dance e i Joy Division). Venuti alla luce nel 1993 con Dust (Zulu) e la sua Bell
Jar, hanno perfezionato lo schema con l'EP Remote e The Sun's Running Out, man
mano complicando le armonie con il ricorso a ritmi hip-hop, dub e loop. A Lifetime Away e`
anche troppo alla moda, reminescente di Bjork e di Sinead O'Connor.
Perfume Tree were originally a group of disc jockeys from Vancouver (Canada)
who used to perform live shows at the border between
Throbbing Gristle's industrial music, dub
and hip hop.
The core of
Pete Lutwyche (samples, guitar, beats), Jane Tilley (vocals, guitar) and
Bruce Turpin (mix, samples) got together in 1991 and coined the moniker
Bell Jar, on the cassette album Dust (Zulu, 1992), and the
EP Remote (Zulu, 1993)
established their credentials, expanding gradually from a
"rockier" song format to a "freer" trance-oriented format that also borrows from
hip hop, dub and electronica.
The album delivers an ultra-atmospheric pop (sort of
Cocteau Twins' dream-pop stretched into
ambient territory like Dead Can Dance could do
and adorned with psychedelic overtones a` la
Sky Cries Mary).
The Sun's Running Out (Zulu, 1994) and the
EP Fathom The Sky (1995) enhanced the ethereal quality of their music,
with cryptic vocals floating over shoegazing wails of guitars,
floating dub bass lines, clouds of keyboard effects and hypnotic funky beats.
That style achieved an almost baroque intensity on
A Lifetime Away (Zulu, 1995),
derivative of Bjork's quirky pop with a touch of
Enya's atmospheric world-music.
Feeler (World Domination, 1997) leverages on the grooves, borrowing from
drum'n'bass (Flooded) and
dub (Warm Sun Fingers). The highlight is the
percussive experiment of Too Early Too Late, also in the direction of
a more danceable sound.