In general, Dance With The Dead’s latest LP, The Shape, didn’t do much for me.
The darker shade of retrosynth doesn’t appeal to me in the way that darker shades of rock do — I’ll listen to Type O Negative for many hours straight, for example. However, I don’t generally listen to a lot of Dance with the Dead or Perturbator. This is merely because it doesn’t appeal to me.
The Shape didn’t change that behavior at all, but something the band did recently has indeed changed my mind.
The one song from the album that has stuck with me since the record’s February release is “Adrift,” the slow, delicate, and moving cut that serves as the emotional center of The Shape. I’ve enjoyed the sense of calm and hope it seems to invoke, despite its title.
I was listening to it the other day when I noticed that the band posted a piano version on SoundCloud. It completely changes the conversation about the song and the album it’s on, and my impression of Dance With The Dead (AKA Justin Pointer and Tony Kim) as artists.
This is a powerful piece of art that magnifies all of the compelling parts of the album version of “Adrift” through a beautiful, ambient lens. Not only does it underscore the true potential of The Shape, but it also shows just how talented the Californians behind the DWTD project actually are at arrangement and mood creation.
I wonder if there’s an entire version of the album like this? I’d listen to it at least twice a week if it did exist.