Majestic. Brilliant. And slightly boring. Thus one could easily both start
and end a review about new In the Nursery album "Praxis". I
won't. And it's not just because I find it hard to be a man of few words.
No, there are more things to be said about this sometimes breathtaking
record which has been laying on my desk for far too long. Release Magazine
favourites In the Nursery have been pumping out records for somewhere
around twenty years now and they still feel both oddly archaic and reassuringly
modern and electronic. I like their kind of ambient movie-game score music.
It's good for many things: To have in the background when working, for
sleeping on trains, for reading and so forth. Too bad it doesn't invite
the listener to really listen, though. The vocals of Dolores Marguerite
C (among others) and music of twins Nigel and Klive Humberstone are sometimes
really nice and complex - they are pros after all. It's just that when
listening to "Praxis" with it's somewhat sacral music, the mind
starts to wander. It doesn't matter that songs like cinematesque "Vocopolis"
or more hardcore electronic - almost futurepopish - "Ethics of Belief"
are great. They invite to a moment of admiration, but not to personal
devotion. Stylish, almost perfect, serene, but too much style over substance.