Peter Murphy
Dust CD
 

"Dust" is Peter Murphy's eighth solo album and a very seasoned and harmonic effort. It skilfully combines musical influences from the Orient and Occident, thus expanding the vocabulary of alternative pop music.

Peter's solo albums have always been a break away from Bauhaus' musical output, while staying within a conventional songwriting frame. "Dust" is certainly his most ambitious work to date. No, the music doesn't sound like Bauhaus at all, it transcends cultural boundaries and focuses on emotions rather than a certain musical style.

Eastern music has been a major influence for a lot of artists bored to death with the limits of Western tonality and musical expression. And it's a very natural influence for Peter, as he has shifted his roots to Turkey some ten years ago. In fact, two major forces have shaped the way "Dust" sounds, Peter's Western background on the one hand, and co-producer Mercan Dede's Turkish roots on the other. Mercan's own music, a blend of oriental elements and Western production technique, must have been a great inspiration for Peter.

"Things To Remember" starts off with floating ambient soundscapes and a spoken-word whisper before turning into a danceable tune topped by Peter's charismatic voice and exotic interludes. "Fake Sparkle Or Golden Dust?" is a dark slow-motion affair enhanced by beautiful melody lines played on an electric violin. The next song, "No Home Without Its Sire", is less spectacular and dominated by a straight drum loop, while on "Just For Love" a tribal rhythm, tabla, a didgeridoo (!) and again the electric violin create an intense background for Peter's vocals.

"Girlchild Aglow" is quite a strange tune, mixing break beats with Fusion/Progressive Rock influences (thanks to the lengthy solos!), not quite what you'd expect from a Peter Murphy song. Next one, "Your Face", is very moody again, while "Jungle Haze" builds on a lively rhythm pattern. The album is completed by two revisions of older songs, namely "My Last Two Weeks" (from 1988's "Love Hysteria") and "Subway" (from 1995's "Cascade" album), these have been completely reconstructed to fit into the whole new atmosphere of "Dust".

The music has a very relaxant quality, it's almost like floating on a wave of notes. This album would have made a beautiful movie-soundtrack, as most of the songs simply don't require any vocals at all. But then again - who wants a Peter Murphy album without vocals? Oh, and the CD inlay booklet is printed on high gloss paper which is posh but very prone to impairment by fingerprints.

Label: Metropolis

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Dust cover