DEAD MAN RAY "Trap" (2000, Heaven Hotel / Virgin - 7243 8492242)
Songs (click on the -icons
for a small audio-sample)
9. Slow Indian
Music : Dead Man Ray
Lyrics : Daan Stuyven (except track 13 : Rudy Trouvé)
Production : Dead Man Ray
Photo's and Artwork : Daan Stuyven
"Trap" is pitfall for ears, a black hole with a considerable sucking
force (not a force that sucks considerably). For about two months, this CD hasn't
let go of me. However, it certainly is no rosy "histoîre d'amour",
there are too many elements on the cd that push you away. As if Dead Man Ray is
saying, love me, but not too much ... (aren't we all?)
In the review of Daan's solo-CD "Profools"
I was wondering what came first : Dead Man Ray of Daan. Now the answer seems to
have been given, because from this cd Dead Man Ray seems to have really become
a group, rather than the collision of two talented individuals. Drawback to this
is that the qualities of Daan (melody and great voice) have been stashed away
deeper into the pockets of the songs. Where "Berchem" easily brought
connotations to mind of popbands such as The The, these are much further
away on "Trap".
I've been racking my brains to find the line between the good and the bad stuff
on this album (because it was clear from the start that, despite the severe selection
the group says to have made from all recorded songs, that not everything that
has landed on the disc is all good). In the end it occurred me that the distinction
is that between the short songs, and the ones that clock at more than 4 minutes.
The most convincing were the dark "Woods", the triumphant "Brenner",
the funny (albeit heard once too often) "Toothpaste", the mysterious
"Slow Indian" and the claustrophobic "Tunnels".
Despite their experimental songwriting-technique (jamsessions that are cut up
and manipulated by computer) Dead Man Ray is still the most accessible project
of the lefthanded centipede Rudy Trouvé, certainly since he has
disbanded the Kiss My Jazz collective. This makes it also one of the most
intriguing and interesting Belgian rock bands that is out and about right now.
"Trap" did nothing but confirm that.
Sent-in opinions :
Het Zweepje : "Sometimes
it's hard to find depth and the mystic in Belgian rock. The couple Daan-Trouvé
has turned this around. "Trap" is a pearl filled with mysteries that
you got to have. Just very deep!"
And your opinion?
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This Album in the Press
- ml in Rif-Raf : "At first glance, the new Dead Man Ray sounds
incredibly messy ... It even takes a while to realize that Trap is no arty sound
paste-up, but a true pop album. Totally recommended".
- jub in Humo
: "Dead Man Ray starts their new album "Trap" with the best
song ‘Woods’, a fourandahalve minute ride on the subway from Disneyland to the
Black Forest, with a stop in Bokrijk, on which platform AC/DC is jamming with
Chris Isaak. We don't blame you for not being able to imagine anything from that.
But take our word for it : this is meat and drink to us, and more meat, and more
... "Trap" is three quarters of a very strong album. And maybe we'll
get that remaining quarter only in a year or so."
- Nathalie Claeys in TheKindaMuzik
: "They got me caught in their Trap and now I can't get out of it."
- Bart van Dormael in Café
Belge : "Don't even think that these are a bunch of traditionalist,
since Daan Stuyven & co hide a lot of modern sounds and unusual breaks in
their attic=rock. Subtle, charming, and at times even brilliant.".
: "Cut-up beat, screeching gutiars, lost melodica's, TV-samples .. DMR
love to build jammers into their own songs. When you've made you're way through
these obstacles, you'll encounter very true popsongs such as "Woods", "Brenner",
"Ham" and "Toothpaste""
- Marcel Vanthilt for Fun2Go
: "A number of songs aren't loud enough to hear when I drive the E314 in
my car ..."
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