Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Electrician-The Ground Moves
Electrician, the solo work of one Neil Campau, caught my ear last year with "All is lost in the light", a wonderful slice of dark, electric folk that owed so much to Mount Eerie in the best possible ways. Now he has returned with "The Ground Moves", another a track that actually expands upon their sound without losing its intimacy. While still maintaining its sparseness, "The Ground Moves" opens half way through the track, the drumming becoming more frantic and erratic, as well as the female vocals taking over and repeating the title again and again. At times "The Ground Moves" is even more emotional than "All is lost in the light"; Campau's delivery is awkward, enforced by the factored prose of the lyrics and his audible voice cracks. Then there is the darkness of the lyrics as well. Not that Electrician have shied away from darkness; they previously commented about burning down churches without remorse. However, here the opening lines deal with treating to kill someone else's parents to affirm one's connection to them. Despite all the bleakness and blackness that surrounds "The Ground Moves", there is an almost childlike earnestness to it, making larger than life claims and forging commitments through references to spit. "The Ground Moves" is as electric as the band name itself, pulling raw emotion from the darkest of depths and the simplest of arrangements.