Is it a fantasy or just a ludicrous conceit? [a]Brendan Perry[/a] was half of defunct baroque goth duo [a]Dead Can Dance[/a]...

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Eye Of The Hunter

Is it a fantasy or just a ludicrous conceit? [a]Brendan Perry[/a] was half of defunct baroque goth duo [a]Dead Can Dance[/a]. ‘Eye Of The Hunter’ is his first solo LP, and in that it follows conventional song structures, it’s the most coherent thing he has produced. However, in its attempts to pitch Perry‘s music into the same strata of operatic melancholy as his heroes Tim Buckley and Scott Walker, it may also mark the defining moment of insanity of his previously austere career.

For here is a record of counterfeits and forgeries that pleads to be part of the serious pop pantheon. The instrumentation screams this louder than anything – the brass stabs, the jazzy off-beat drumming, the sporadic string flourishes – but the fact that ‘Saturday’s Child’ and ‘Archangel’ are both titles filched from The Walker Brothers‘ song book and ‘I Must Have Been Blind’ is a Buckley cover version makes [a]Brendan Perry[/a]’s intentions even more evident.

We are floating away into the mountains of madness, then, and while Perry‘s aspirations are too huge to exist in the realms of the possible, ‘Eye Of The Hunter’ is blessed with snatches of delusional brilliance nonetheless. As Perry sings on ‘The Captive Heart’, “I’ve seen too many men driven insane by their distractions”. Here, for posterity, is concrete proof of that epithet.