Thomas Feiner & Anywhen
The Opiates - Revised

[SamadhiSound, www.samadhisound.com]

Fourty years of age, Swedish vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Thomas Feiner recorded "The Opiates" eight years ago. It was Anywhen's third full length. Recording process was so grueling, following its completion, the members went their separate ways. Released on the German Clearspot imprint in 2001, "The Opiates" inhabited a land of high obscurity. All but forgotten, it wasn't until David Sylvian's label SamadhiSound re-issued the record this year. First thing one notices about the album is its stark contrasts. Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra provides luscious strings on three numbers and horns, flutes and woodwinds on another. Eric Amarillo's flute on "Postcard" is stark, eerie, yet remains full of positive force, while Sara Kylander's back-up vocals on the same track raise the tune to mystique proportions. Accordion magic weaved by Andrzej Zielinski on "Toy" is unmistakably heart-wrenching. Above all, there is Feiner's wrenching vocal. When he wallows in his own sorrow, as he does on "Betty Caine", you hear a pin drop and think, "damn, this guy is one depressed individual!" The way he stretches the phrases for minutes on end, letting his voice flicker in the air, is most exquisite. Oftentimes, one hears echoes of Scott Walker live amongst these songs, yet there's less sorrow here. Feiner insists on allowing small tid-bits of positive energy filter through. Sunlight sometimes peeks through the wooden cracks of the architecture of the house he's built from the ground up. With delicate brutality of life, the songs speak the truth of human condition and overt pain that may not go away but at least ceases.

- Tom Sekowski


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