Dorian's time as a member of Killsonic is evidenced by the apocalyptic dirge of the opening track, "Bodies (The Levitant)." His duet with Eddika Organista of El Haru Kuroi, "La Cara Infinita," seems to be the closest thing to a traditional radio-friendly single on the album, while "The Lady" is reminiscent of the micropolyphonic chroma of Ligeti's Lux Aeterna. "Glassellalia" and "Pearline" have been previously released as EP's, and you can hear them on Bandcamp. "We Are The Heart of Human Hair" is like Nick Cave leading a twisted gospel choir, and "O" is a great closing track that gently releases you back into your own world.
One can hear the influence of artists like Scott Walker, Tom Waits, or Nick Cave (who just released an album on Monday...). The softer, prettier solo piano moments bring singers like Rufus Wainwright or Jeff Buckley to mind. But while someone like Wainwright seems content to idly dawdle on the pretty side of music, Dorian is more inclined to turn it over and play with its dirty, surreal, and noisy underside. The resulting contrasts make the songs and performances far more believable and emotionally raw.
On March 5th, there will be a CD release for Rattle Rattle at The Echo with Killsonic and WIFE. If you can't wait, then this Thursday there will be a preview listening session at High Fidelity Vinyl.