18 Feb 2019
Ghost Cult reviews Teeth of the Sea's WRAITH
Wraith sees London-based post-electronic pioneers Teeth Of The Sea taking a step away from the noise inflected menace of their earlier work following the departure of Mat Colegate after 2015’s Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (both Rocket Records). Yet their latest outing feels like the answer to a challenge, of sorts. In its absence, the progressive, playfully experimental composition style (paired with an often unapologetically wry approach to theme) brings to the fore the bands inherently theatrical bent. The result is something akin to the lost soundtrack to a late 90s Indie, cyber-Punk thriller.
Wraith’s introduction – the obliquely titled ‘I’d Rather, Jack’ – is a blunt, unwavering electronic beat, heralding a bold melodic overture (a movement that is later mirrored at the album’s conclusion by its gritty counterpart ‘Gladiators Ready’). This is followed by the subdued tension of ‘Hiraeth’, a darkly intoned piece that sees the ever prominent brass elements vying with Helios Creed’s guitars in an unmistakable tribute to Ennio Morricone. But it’s the third movement, the ponderous, eerie ‘Burn Of The Sheiling’, and the subsequent lapse into the dreamlike madrigal of ‘Fortean Steed’, that seems to mark the true extent of this recent shift of tone...
Read the full review here: Ghost Cult