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Peaceful Snow / Lounge Corps

Death In June Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nerus
  • ASIN: B0049O6GLA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gone the Totenpop guitar, it's now time to march to the 88 keys of the Lounge Corps Piano Bar; 'PEACEFUL SNOW'! The new album from DEATH IN JUNE features 13 new 'Totenpop Torchsongs', with the first 3,000 copies of the specially Runic whiphand 6 debossed Softpak CD version (and for a limited time DIJital download) also containing a limited edition CD of 17 DEATH IN JUNE classics instrumentally reinterpreted at Douglas P.'s request by Slovakian pianist Miro Snejdr at his favourite Dirty Martini Studios in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepy, in a good way! January 6, 2011
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Like a lone skeletal tree in a snow-covered field, "Peaceful Snow" is stark and simple. It's also the best DI6 album in over a decade in my opinion. While the mood and themes don't deviate much from what I have come to expect from Douglas P. over the years, the sound has been stripped down to just piano and voice (along with the very occasional blip, hiss, moan, etc.). It still captures all the essential elements of his vision while giving it a new and welcome twist. No, it's not particularly innovative or experimental, but it is quite beautiful and, yes, peaceful. This is primarily due to the presence of perhaps the most genuinely talented collaborator Douglas has worked with in a long while, if not altogether. I can't recall his name, but his skills as a pianist are beyond reproach to say the least. If there is anything negative to be said about this album, it is that the juxtaposition of Douglas' somewhat limited voice against the flawless piano playing can occasionally be awkward. Yet this should pose no problem for long-time fans like myself for whom his monotonous baritone and peculiar mantras are like a soothing balm for a troubled mind.
The second disc, "Lounge Corps," is actually my favorite of the two though. Here Douglas' voice disappears altogether as familiar DI6 tunes from all eras are played on the piano alone, like a dreamy retrospective of sorts. Stripped of their lyrical imagery, the naked melodies prove to be both enduring and endearing in their own right. Given this disc's length, you'll likely forget at one point or another what you're listening to, making it ideal for reading or sleeping or just staring off into space to. One of this album's overall themes is the acceptance of imminent mortality, so its absence of excessive vibrancy is fitting in a way. Just listen and drift off, away into the peaceful, Pearce-full snow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ba Ba Ba Ba July 13, 2011
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I quite like this album. If you haven't heard by now, it is entirely and exclusively piano and Douglas' unmistakable voice - and maybe a few weird noises here and there. And what's wrong with that? Nothing, I tell you. This is much better than the previous two albums. Hell, maybe even the previous four or six. It's really a welcome change; a fresh sound. It will make you wonder, why do we need all this complexity in music? Not that DIJ was that entirely complex in the first place. This is a true musician here. Nothing over-the-top, pretentious, flashy, or overly bizarre just for the sake of being bizarre. It's just straightforward, simple, pure music, and honestly, it's kind of the last thing I ever expected from DIJ.

Speaking of simplicity, the second disc has no vocals whatsoever - it contains songs from previous albums simply played on the piano. These are so drastic from the original that I can barely pick out any of the melodies, but I love that. The music barely produces any atmosphere or emotion, and even though I ramble on about "atmosphere" in my music so much, I'm actually just fine with no atmosphere at all.

Douglas even goes, "Ba Ba Ba Ba" in a few songs - I love when he does that. Thank you, Douglas, for making the world a more beautiful place a little bit at a time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Douglas P gone Gilbert O' Sullivan December 28, 2010
By tony
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Probably Douglas P's intentions thoroughout the years were to move from marches, gloomy drones and neo folk acoustic guitar oriented sweet and quiet songs about excruciatingly "things" - to piano, in order to become closer as possible to cabaret, Brecht, European decadent lounges and Berlin cca 1930's. CD 1 somehow partly met the idea and P's intentions, but CD 2...is something like potpourri, unconventional after hours drunk piano plucking and such, needless...pity.
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