Faith and the Muse Vera Causa

Another release from Metropolis Records by Los Angeles duo Faith and the Muse. Offering us two CDs worth of all previously unreleased demos, covers, remixes and live tracks, this is a nice mix of goth, folk and electronic. The first disc ("Morning”) takes us to far off places and fairytale lands. Vocalist Monica Richards shows us with each song that she is well in touch with mythological worlds, taking us on pleasant journeys next to the strings of dulcimer, guitar and cello. Fans of the Mediæval Bæbes will especially appreciate the old world ambience established at the outset. Kate Bush, Bauhaus, the Chameleons and Christian Death make cameos in the form of cover tunes, and in between are beautiful acoustic renditions of Faith and the Muse classics. A special treat for all FATM fans is the song "Heal” (in demo format), which is the very first piece William Faith and Richards wrote together and is previously unreleased. The second disc ("Night”) is replete with live recordings and seven remixes, also a must have old and new fans alike. The songs are given new treatments at the hands of many, such as Thomas Rainer (L’ame Immortelle), Rodney Orpheus (the Cassandra Complex) and Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine). (Metropolis)