The feeling of being the only living person at a funeral could be both real and surreal while putting a whole new meaning to the informally joyful ‘Wish You Were Here’ phrase. The stark black and white imagery along with the seemingly organic instrumentation on the new Mortal Clay CD titled Gilded Thralls certainly brings you to that solo funeral, intentional or not.
The 2011 CD, mixed by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins and Depeche Mode), reminds of the sound of many of the bands on Independent Project Records, such as Savage Republic, Autumn Fair, and early FourWayCross.
Perhaps nothing sums up the whole feeling of listening to the entire CD as the lyrics to Into the Land, the first track on this beautifully morbid sounding CD:
Stumble into the land
Crumble into the sand
Are you saturnine?