The Legendary Pink Dots: Seconds Late for the Brighton Line
Thirty years have passed since the LPDs emerged on the Euro post-industrial Dada scene carved out by Coil, Nurse With Wound and the likes. But the Dots' leading light Edward Ka-Spel has always approached his craft with frayed elegance and a deeply personal take on gorgeous schizophrenia. Seconds Late for the Brighton Line is sprinkled with references to the band's past, giving "Russian Roulette" a reflective quality that expands into the quiet noise of "Leap of Faith" and "Radiation Day." The absence of long-standing member Niels van Hornblower shows, as there are no joyful skronks or whales punctuating the music's ethereal qualities. Ka-Spel's weary ruminations reign over creeping electronics that move in less pop-driven circles than the group's recent output. It's a dark album that's a bit impenetrable at times. But the darkness carries a charge that opens a new chapter for the age-old explorers, and it's quite refreshing.