These Matches Won’t Light In The Damp – Throw My Ashes Into The Fire
free album (download) self-released 2008
Listen while reading:
On Some Empty Beach (from Throw My Ashes Into The Fire)
She Sleeps With A Box Of Matches (from Throw My Ashes Into The Fire)
Folk meets slow alternative I said about A. P. Swearengin’s new record With/Without. Few days ago I found the solo project of Dominic P. Miller from London/Great Britain and his music also fits the genre very well. He plays under the moniker Those Matches Won’t Light In The Damp and has one full lengh album ready so far. Although he calls Throw My Ashes Into The Fire an EP I think 10 tracks and 37 minutes are worth to be called an album.
In comparison to A. P. Swearengin the music of Miller is even darker and more despaired. He creates a nocturnal atmosphere filled with his quiet and weak voice and fingerstyle guitar play. The always present soft echo is the key for an outstanding sound remembering me alot of the sound of Flying Saucer Attack but without all the noisiness and droniness.
You feel alone whilst listening, don’t expect something happy or nice to happen. For now it is just this haunting voice of a lonely man playing his ghostly guitar in the dark black of the cold windy night in a deep and forgotten forest – no stars, it’s cloudy and the bright and pale moon is the only listener. This is real creepy stuff.
Dominic told me he’s planning to append an electric guitar (together with various pedals) to his music in the future so that he can add another dimension to it. He also said he wants to sound a little more like Loveliescrushing, a drone/shoegaze/noise/whatever you call it band from Chicago, Illinois. This way he maybe leaves the folksy path he went along with Throw My Ashes Into The Fire, but some things have to change I guess… So let’s see what the future will bring but till then enjoy listening to this nice album.
You can download it here for free (but you have to sort the songs to get them in the right order) or you donate 6$ and buy the MP3s over at cdbaby.com. For more information, visit These Matches Won’t Light In The Damp’s MySpace page. You won’t be sorry you gave a listen.