Pop-rock
Summer Guards
Liminal Sea
4-Way Split
The Darker Corners
of Your Heart

Darling I'm Your Devil
Where Matter Lives
Soundtrack/Library
The Ninth House
Of Prometheus

The Dead Lover's
Benevolent Return
The Dead Lover's
Benevolent Return
Dec 16, 1974
(remastered 2001)
Left-Handed Label

Recorded in Anacortes and Olympia WA. Insturments played N.C. Ashley with
Ann Fox on clarinet.

Once considered to be lost, this Italian cult classic fim, directed by Tyson Theroux, has finally been unearthed
to haunt fans once again!



Ashley's previous records were in the quality indie pop style, which made this wholly instrumental
(except for some wordless vocals) mock-soundtrack excursion something of a surprise. It's a good
surprise, though, if a too-brief one, clocking in a mere 26 minutes. Inspired by '70s-era Italian
soundtracks, it deftly blends spooky yet attractive melodies and a pretty astonishing variety of
instrumental textures, most played by Ashley: piano, guitars, bells, accordion, Hammond B3 organ,
banjo, slide whistle, Moog, and more. The ten tracks have a beguiling air of gothic, romantic,
classical melodies, with tinges of progressive rock instrumentation, Baroque keyboards, eerie synthetic
whistle-squiggles, and spectral female choral vocals. "This music was intended to be listened to a
night, alone, in the dark!!!," it says in small print on the inner sleeve, and the contents do live up to
that billing. It's not easy to make a convincing go of a record inspired by a pretty obscure genre
and it's too bad it wasn't double the length. - Richie Unterberger, AllMusic