March 23, 2022 Subject:
Rose, oh Rose
"Brown Book" is a vacation album for me. Death in June has this strange effect on me with many of his albums, and this is one of them. Probably because I listened to it a lot in summer, as a young man, with friends, far from parents, studies, constraints. The time of absinthe, photo safaris in the ruins of the region and unlimited snobbery. "Brown Book" with the angelic, distant, reverberated choirs of Rose McDowall, on "Hail! The White Grain", the dreamy trumpet on "To Drown a Rose", the almost ukulele-like guitar on "The Fog of the World", and the Hispanic one on "Burn Again"... Yes, "Brown Book" is a curiously sunny and festive record; a death feast under the Black Sun.