Diving Bell Shallows
Diving Bell Shallows is the debut full-length album from Boston band The Milling Gowns. It is a dark and emotional album that also offers up warmth and hope. Band members include singer/songwriter M., pianist Sharon Crumrine, violinist/violist Betty Widerski and drummer Allen Esser. On this record, they use full string sections, choirs, harp, oboe, even birds and typewriters, and more! The Milling Gowns are rarely mentioned without such descriptive words as \'lush\', \'gorgeous\', \'emotional\' or \'dark\'. And while Diving Bell Shallows is all of these things, it is also surprising, inventive and catchy! This is such an incredible record - it\'s hard to believe it is their first! \'Diving Bell Shallows has hooks to hang your ears on. The first full-length recording from local band The Milling Gowns reels you in - between the introspective lyrics and the lush arrangements there\'s food for anyone at this buffet. Images abound, from the biblical Lazarus to a sequence that sounds like the ubiquitous meditation tape. Standout tracks for this reviewer include \'Dust for Kissers\', \'Violet Wrist\', \'Cape the Pearls\', and \'Macaw\'. Play this when you\'re looking for the next band to hit it big from Boston.\' -Joann Keesey WMFO Medford, MA.