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The Black Heart Procession
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They hail from Bring It On's hometown, sunny San Diego, but the Black Heart Procession make the most Southern Gothic music, music that deliberately dwells deep in the darkest of cast shadows. And, shrouded in such, they romanticize this darkness, singing lustily in tortured wails and wracked-man murmurings over spare, sullen, almost maudlin tunes. Their fourth album, Amore del Tropico, has been proudly talked up as being The BHP's most "pop" effort yet, but, upon listening, it's hardly a surprise that it's hardly a pop record, or anything close. A few dalliances with upbeat tempos or less-than-baroque instruments hardly make this Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!); the album's tone and tunes and imagery and such are all still on the same haunted-house/boat-of-the-dead kinda kick they've kicked out on their three previous, numerically-titled jams. Favoring instruments like antique pianos and pump organs amongst the normal rock clutter, Tobias Nathaniel and Pall A Jenkins, the main men behind this darkly-dressed outfit, seek to cultivate a bleak and bitter tweak on the "carnival" atmosphere, their songs dispensing calliopes and the like to make music that moves like a lurid parade of the grotesque, the gentle arrangements of strings and percussion and looming minor-key chords wilfully establishing this romanticized air of spookiness. From its cover on down, Amore del Tropico is a concept-record, the black-hearted pair longing to tell the tale of a good old-fashioned murder mystery. Its showstopper is "A Cry for Love," a sinister waltz-time torch song in which pizzicato strings and doo-wop backing vocals stir an almost David Lynch-like atmosphere in which the record's disturbed protagonist bewails his committed crime of passion.


by Anthony Carew




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