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Steven K. Smith 

Requiem for Failed Suicides (Skean Dhu)

Multi-instrumentalist Smith is best known for his work in the local bands Mabou and Cuddlefuc. On this solo outing, he mixes industrial, shoegaze, and ambient noises, coming pretty close to the instrumental post-rock of Mogwai and Ulrich Schnauss. Requiem for Failed Suicides is certainly rich in texture: trippy, atmospheric, and kinda creepy. Besides playing every instrument, Smith produced the album, which sounds great. Tracks like "Autumn Stigmatic" make good background music, but the CD's highlight is "Summer Hymns," a gorgeous, cinematic epic that keeps on building.

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