Prog-rock magic from the original 'ethereal' enigmas
When Dominic Appleton sang on 4AD’s This Mortal Coil projects, his regal voice was arguably the most admired of that era. His band, Breathless, never nabbed a commercial niche, but still sound as if they eat Everest for brunch. Appleton’s lovely, lisping tones are just one of the elements in a timeless, trembling landscape which echoes Pink Floyd and Caspar David Friedrich. Now working with Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Beth Orton), their moodiness is moving and authentic, and the 15-minute centrepiece is some kind of great gig under a burning sky. Fill your lungs.