[Album Review] Mourning Coup- Baby Blue
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Release Date: August 21st, 2015
Label: No Sun Recordings

Chandra Melting Tallow taps into the mystical while exploring the nature of our place in the cosmos. It’s a fascinating trip, even if it is sometimes terrifying.

Tallow is an electronic artist who prefers relatively clean and uncluttered arrangements. This does not equate to “simple”, however, as there is a complexity in the fabric of the music as well as in our emotional reaction to it. In the mini epic “Somnium” the ominous synths repeat an uncomplicated pattern, and yet we descend into a rich dream world which elicits both a yearning and a trepidation. Elsewhere there are motorik beats, bleating analog synth, and deep chimes, all of which initially lead us to believe we are heading into familiar territory. But we never are. There are many alternate realities and realms beyond this physical one, and Tallow opens up doors to just a few of them. Needless to say, the results can be unsettling.

Vocally, Tallow is something of a chameleon, switching from an earthy pop style (“Burn One for the Saints”) to an otherworldly yelp (“Master”) and several places in between. She often adopts a quirky child-like voices, such as on “Saturn Sakura”. Even here though she does not sound exactly naive. There is a wisdom – perhaps a wisdom that children possess and that we have somehow lost.