Boomkat Product Review:
Well this is a very pleasant surprise, and another one of those discs that seems to have come out of nowhere, rearing its head and embedding itself in your soul with minimal fuss. The first thing I noticed about this record was the sleeve... This is the sort of artwork you'd expect to see in a dark childrens tale - think Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are' and give the perfect entrée into the world of Shedding, aka Connor Bell. The album is made up of three long tracks, but don't let that scare you - it may as well be one as it's not separate tracks that are the key to the success of 'What God Doesn't Bless...', rather it is the way the album works as a whole. As I mentioned before, the artwork looks suspiciously like a childrens book, so it's not surprising that the music itself takes a similarly childish and narrative-rich direction. Those who enjoyed the naïve sounds of Dollboy, with 'Casual Nudism' which reminded me very much of Benjamin Britten's 'Peter and the Wolf', Dollboy took the route of prettiness and twinkling innocence and although it sounds like Bell has been similarly influenced by Britten's unusual opera he instead goes down the darker path, one replete with dark skies, frightened glances and wolves howling in the distance. This is shown marvellously in the album's second track simply titled 'W', which takes a layered clarinet, underpins it with droning ambience and then introduces live percussion and bass to create a brooding almost fifteen minute long monsterpiece. If this doesn't get you wet with anticipation I don't know what will - it's the sort of music that practically dares you not to allow your imagination to go into overload; humanoid confectionary, beautiful lost girls, evil witches and wizards, oversized vegetation, kindly old men with no ulterior motives - it's all far fetched but quite, quite endearing. You might not have come across Shedding before but trust me, give this album some time to grow into your life and you'll find it hard to forget. A real treat.