To Dream, Perchance to Sleep by “Frolic” Projekt, 2001 http://www.projekt.com The title “Frolic” must be ironic, because the output of this group is anything but frolicsome. To Dream, Perchance to Sleep is Projekt’s current entry into the “gothic” genre which has been defined by groups like “The Dead Can Dance”, “Vox,” “Enigma,” and even Enya in her darker moments. There is a Celtic-style female singer with a piping, quavering voice, and accompaniment by somber synthesizers and some acoustic instruments in resolutely minor-modal keys. Frolic moves from “Gothic” spooky-ambient to prog-rock complete with electric guitars and canned rhythm tracks.
The music is so heavily reverbed and echoed that sometimes you can barely follow the melody or distinguish the voice. This is good, because it disguises the fact that neither the female vocalist nor her male companion (the sinister-looking couple depicted on the CD liner paper) can sing. They can neither hit their notes nor keep them, so they need all the electronic help they can get. Without the singing, Frolic’s instrumentals aren’t too bad, though they tend to drift into microtones, or play in more than one key at once. I’m not sure whether that is deliberate or not; I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
The mood of this album is relentlessly somber, the kind of dance/chill stuff that would be played in an all-night vampire club. If you are into black garb, white makeup, and black lipstick, this is just the music for you.
HMGS rating: 4 out of 10 Hannah M.G. Shapero 8/24/01
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