With songwriting partner Nicolas Fromageau, Frenchman Anthony Gonzales composed 2003's highly lauded Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, an album of supernal, keyboard-filtered, foot pedal-chipped, postrock hymnals. Fans of My Bloody Valentine, Jean Michel Jarre, and Parisian children's choirs could all find something to appreciate. Now Gonzales sans Fromageau (but enlisting a studio drummer and bassist) has returned with Before the Dawn Heals Us, an album that's as hypnotically dense and celestially viscous as the first, yet more terrestrial. Gonzalez has produced a fifteen-track collection cast across a silken cinematic ambit but following more tautly to vocal and guitar melody lines. The result is prone to heaving pageantry, chasmal and moving.
Check out this week's featured ad for Bars & Clubs