Cock & Swan – Flock Descending

Ola Hungerford and Johnny Goss have been working together for a decade, adding depth of vision to their project, Cock & Swan with a series of quite wonderful, unhurried releases. Their heavily textured, filmic darkwave synth-pop distinguishes itself with a lightness of touch over expansive subjects that we’ve all seen overburden lesser artists. There is, of course, often darkness, there is often weight, but there is usually a simmering light that preserves the perspective – nothing ever gets over-indulgent.

Given the cinematic scope of their sound it made sense, a couple of years ago, when Cock & Swan were invited to perform at the Northwest Film Forum, where they reimagined a live-soundtrack for Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie Only God Forgives. The songs used against the backdrop of a visually beautiful, horrifically violent movie, shifted shapes and occupied a new dimension – producing the band’s latest album, Dream Alone. (Hush Hush Records)

Dream Alone is a nine-song collection that offers a sample of the complete soundtrack that’s set for release as Julian’s Sword on the band’s very own Dandelion Gold label. It is also the home of “Flock Descending”.

Shot through a fluid lens of fuchsia pinks and cobalt blues, “Flock Descending” echoes the iconic palette of Only God Forgives. Lurking in the shadows, and shifting shape as amber lights pass across their faces, Cock & Swan are locked in a trance, not quite living, not quite dead. They are hypnotized like Julian, Gosling’s character in the film – not literally put under, but swept away by the momentum of dark forces around him. None of this can end well, for anyone. Oh, and there’s blood.

With Dream Alone Cock & Swan issue a reminder of their range, and the ability they have to generate new worlds, and to transform old ones. In “Flock Descending” they go deep into inky visuals which show their work in the best light yet.

 

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