Levitation Magazine were delighted to be asked to review Nero Kane's album Tales of Faith and Lunacy, a 7-track LP, released in October 2020 via Berlin psych label Nasoni Records and Italian labels BloodRock Records and Anacortes Records. Also, we must apologise for the delay in getting our review out there but hope you dig it anyway!!
Lord Won't Come, the opening track, is full of atmosphere beginning with a delicate intro of guitar strums backing heartfelt vocals, its dark and deep, with a cathartic vibe which becomes more psychedelic as you journey through the song. Lyrically, it sets out a barren landscape devastated without hope in a world of decay. It is a great introduction to the album.
Mechthild delivers dream-like vocals on a sea of psych-folk goodness. It is a beautiful track inspired by the writings of the thirteenth-century German Christian mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and more specifically her writings The Flowing Light of the Godhead, a collection of visions, revelations, thoughts and letters written in alternating prose and poetry, part of which is quoted at the end of the song. This track demonstrates astute song-writing and gives an insight into Nero Kane’s ingenuity whilst providing a visionary story about a love full of passion and a sickness for God.
The beginning of Mary Of Silence is reminiscent of Mark Lanegan’s vocals/tone and the basis of the track addresses spirituality and the 'end of life'. As the track plays Samantha Stella’s vocals join to provide the listener with an exquisite duet leading the walk towards the Holy Mary in order to find solace away from this world.
Magdalene is about the biblical figure Mary of Magdala, depicted in history to be the lover of Jesus, and one of the people who witnessed his crucifixion. This track tells her tale and provides a vision of belief and faith amongst spirituality and passion.
Lost Was The Road was inspired by the award-winning post-apocalyptic novel The Road (2006), written by Cormac McCarthy, which details the enervating journey of father and son across a desolate landscape of destroyed industrial civilisation and almost all living things. The track gives a sense of a long road trip without destination instead it encompasses a lose of hope and a great sense of sadness.
I Believe deals with the conception of unconditional faith and the sense of belonging in search of consolation. It is a short ballad demonstrating empathy with elements of optimism, accomplished musically, as the track plays out.
Angelene’s Desert begins with Samantha’s vocals reciting a poem/sermon depicting a lightness turned to dark. The track is a tribute to PJ Harvey’s track Angelene and it includes lyrics such as “...gone are the days that angels danced around” and “...the angels are now falling” there is no hope instead there is a sense of despair as even the heavenly aspects of our life come tumbling down. With a cinematic flavour the track finishes with a cathedral-like crescendo courtesy of Matt Bordin’s organ and drone arrangements combined with the violin of their guest violinist Nicola Manzan (Bologna Violenta) working to create a sense of resonance and reflection.
The whole album is a delicious blend of minimalist psychedelia with an on-going theme of doom, despair, melancholy, sadness, loneliness, etc... It is a well-produced album and deserves merit, particularly for Samantha Stella’s contribution which brings with it true mystical vibes. Overall, the album is impactful and thought-provoking, therefore, we would recommend this album and we give it a well-deserved 9/10.
1. Lord Won't Come
3. Mary Of Silence
5. Lost Was The Road
6. I Believe
7. Angelene's Desert