Black Mare - Field of the Host (CD)
BLACK MARE is the solo project of Sera Timms, vocalist and bassist for IDES OF GEMINI and formerly of the recently disbanded BLACK MATH HORSEMAN. With a focus on rhythmic repetition and atmospheric simplicity, BLACK MARE steps outside the collaborative dynamic to reveal a creative process that is all Sera's own. Her songs traverse hidden realms, fragments of dreams, submerged memories and mythical imagery. Where BLACK MATH HORSEMAN and IDES OF GEMINI demand volume and collusion, BLACK MARE requires only quiet contemplation. If BLACK MATH HORSEMAN and IDES OF GEMINI seek to summon the deafening roar of inevitability, BLACK MARE delivers its verdicts in solemn whispers. And yet each operates, in its own way, within the darkened spheres of hypnosis.
Timms made a very powerful record that reminds me of what I found beautiful in Lycia, but pushes it into a whole new, powerful territory. This is music that is ghostly, written for candle lit rooms and perfect for accompanying a passing thunderstorm. Needless to say, I highly recommend it. - Bottle Imp 5/5