Album Name: Changelings
Year/Label: 2003 / Middle Pillar
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
This is a reissue of the Changelings long out of print debut. Their last album “Astronomica” was an ethereal masterpiece. This is equally stunning. Similarities with Dead Can Dance can be found but this band has their own identity. Singer Regeana Morris marvel of a voice makes them truly special. The varied instrumentation also makes them stand out.
“Season of Mist” mixes classical-sounding music with more modern sounds. Morris’ siren-song bewitches.
“Earthquake at Versailles” veers towards Middle Eastern sounds. Morris sounds a lot like Lisa Gerrard on this track.
“Solitude” is touching and restrained.
“11:59 PM October 30” is a suitably creepy Halloween song. Siouxsie would have loved to have written it.
The cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning” is lovely and puts the emphasis on the paranoid lyrics.
The Changelings’ debut is no less thrilling than their later records so that makes it very special.
Posted on August 14, 2003
2. Season of Mist
3. Earthquake at Versailles
4. Song of the Sephardim
6. Into This Divide
11. 11:59pm October 30
12. Sunday Morning