heavenhotel - virgin/labels
wouter van belle
09: slow indian
As Daan himself describes this album, it’s
"a bit green, lots of blue, lots of black, and very soundtracky".|
Well I couldn’t agree more. A hard task it must have been to make a successor to the wonderful Berchem, Dead Man Ray did it as if it was a piece of cake. It’s a very different album from the first, though. Inspired by three different moving pictures, this album is more atmospheric, less poppy and a more coherent unity.
To me, it sounds like a more ‘mature’ album too, although the band themselves seem to think this sounds more like a debut album than their real one. Either way, ‘Trap’ is without a doubt, one of 2000’s candidates for best album of the year. The multi-layered structures and cut-ups guarantee you’ll discover new things each time you listen to the songs. If people listen 1.2 times on average to each cd they buy, they certainly will only have scratched the surface with this one.
Some songs are instant classics, although there aren’t any real radio hits on Trap. Toothpaste and Woods are the closest 'attempts', but no matter how beautiful most songs are, it would be a bit naïve to assume you’ll hear them several times on any radio station. Their loss, of course.
Therefore it’s a bit of a brave step from Dead Man Ray, relying on positive reviews and loyal fans to get this new beauty sold. So here’s a very positive review for you; this album is truly fantastic. Go out and buy it now!