Nooten And Brook
Guy Lochhead, 08/12/10
Collaborative project between Dutch ex-Clan Of Xymox keyboardist Pieter Nooten and Canadian electric guitarist (mostly) Michael Brook that produced one album, ‘Sleeps With The Fishes’, which was released on 4AD in 1987. These are the sort of songs people might describe as “soundscapes”, maybe with an added “ambient”, “dreamlike”, “atmospheric” or “ethereal” blah blah 4AD blah. It combines the influence of Brook’s previous work with Brian Eno and Nooten’s knowledge of darkwave’s immediate but skewed pop melodies in a bland smear of music that might be good fun to do nothing to. That’s what it is – smear music.

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