Moon DiagramsLifetime Of Love
and drummer Moses John Archuleta. Gradually pieced together over a tenyear
period, it finds Archuleta processing various stages of love, loss and regeneration
via forlorn outsider pop, minimal techno and warm, weightless experimentation.
Hymnal opener "Playground" has echoes of Eno and Grouper; lengthy workouts such
as "The Ghost and the Host" recall long-lost Harmonia outtakes; the bitter pill pop of
"End of Heartache" has the scratchy guitar of New Order circa Brotherhood and the
square pegness of Dazzle Ships-era OMD. Several songs are instrumental, while
"Bodymaker" features Sian Ahern (Eaux, Sian Alice Group). Subtly grandiose and
quietly epic, Lifetime of Love really does live up to its title: a hopeful and curious
beginning makes way for a morose middle, before a bittersweet, optimistic end.