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Immersive storytelling from Dalia Neis & Enir Da’s deeply charming project, chasing early works with Ono and their Wanda label on a follow-up to their cherished ’21 album with Stroom - RIYL Teresa Winter, TRjj, Voice Actor
Formerly a familiar figure in Manchester, now based in Berlin; filmmaker, writer, and musician Dalia Neis aka Dice Miller (fka FITH) here presents an audiobook-type accompaniment to her metaphysical thriller ‘The Swarm’, a novel circling “anomalous and dead beings who plot their way out of Hungarian fascist rule in the thermal baths of Budapest.”
Steeped in humid ambient soundscapes realised by Dalia with Enir Da, the 48’ album is a multi-layered trip into the space where distinctions between sonic fiction, spoken word and radioplay circles run freely, suspending disbelief in a veiled way that makes for a deliciously between-worlds listening experience comparable to the hypnagogic effect of Voice Actor’s momentous debut or the shapeshifting ambient-classical qualities to Teresa Winter’s ‘Drowning By Numbers’.
‘Murmur Of The Bath Spirits’ takes place as the 4th iteration of a Trans-Danubian odyssey spanning text, radio show and audiobook, directly spawned from their NYS show broadcast in January 2022. Their first half sets the tone with a heat-hazy allure, all shimmering organ and analog synths prickled with jews harp and shivering to cold bath chamber strings, while their 2nd part comes on groggier, lusher, sometimes vanquishing the vocals and allowing the music to breathe, but ultimately shoring up in passages of sexy Eastern European dance music that keep its trip subtly unpredictable to the end.