Prog-rock magic from the original 'ethereal' enigmas

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Breathless – Behind The Light

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.