Living With Eating Disorders
White Like Snow CD
 

The Beatles had their "white album", so why shouldn't Living with Eating Disorders have one of their own? And here it is, white like snow.

Talking of albums: with a playing time of just about 29 minutes for three songs and three re-mixes, "White like Snow" is not really a full-length album - half-length maybe? The stylishly packaged compact disc is Living with Eating Disorders' first official release for John Fryer's record label "Something to listen to" and features a good choice of classy tunes from their current repertoire: "Lullaby", "Arm" and "Horsemilk".

John, best known for his productions on the 4AD label, has co-produced "White like snow", which means he has added a bit of gloss and depth to the rawness of the original songs. A new arrangement here and some vocal harmonies there, and the end result sounds a lot more professional than the demo recordings the band have done themselves. The songs clearly benefit from the procedure: John has skilfully achieved to highlight the strength in LWED's music, which basically comes down to the diverging poles of tense musical backdrop and singer Andrea's fragile (yet sometimes frightfully deranged) voice.

Then there's the re-mixes of the same songs (mind the running order is reverse to the originals). Now, I'm not really a fan of re-mixes, as in my honest opinion the bulk of them are nothing but dim-witted and uninspired filler material, but I must admit the three variations of LWED-songs on display here offer a whole lot more than your average club-style re-mix.

"Horsemilk", re-engineered by Sluggo, is basically a haunting outburst of energy, while Modern Boy/Lousifi's version of "Arm" comes with a straight mid-tempo beat and an effects-laden atmosphere, before ending in a wall of distorted samples. My favourite re-mix on this album must be Sativa Sound's laid-back, almost jazzy, dinner-club version of "Lullaby", simply because it's the most original of the three re-mixes and is well-suited to the song.

At the end of the day, the three songs plus re-mixes on Living with Eating Disorders' surprisingly short firstling for their new record label provide a good introduction to the band's music. Still, I would have preferred to hear more of their own material on "White Like Snow".

(rh 08/MMIV)

Label: Something to listen to

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LWED's "white album"