Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove: A Fistful of Desert Blues – album review

Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove – A Fistful of Desert Blues ( Rustblade)


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After a chance meeting at a friend’s funeral Provocative Underground Icon Lydia Lunch and underground troubadour Cypress Grove recorded two songs for the ongoing Jeffrey Lee Pierce project, this has led to a full album fueled by the scenery and desolation of Almeria in Spain, setting for many Spaghetti Westerns, now empty of people but full of the ruins of war and the beauty of the desert. Louder Than War have been listening, read what we think below

This record is quite beautiful, it’s set in a landscape of regret, pain and suffering. The songs are bruised and delicate but in perfect focus. Like a black eye in brilliant sunshine. Cypress Grove plays guitar with subtlety and skill, creating an image of the hot, dry land, cracked in the relentless sunshine. The landscape it gives us is dotted with ruined crumbling buildings, gently baking in the white heat. Lydia Lunch sings like she has a lifetime of regret behind her, she sounds sensual and broken, not a perfect voice but so right for this music. Gravelly and croaky in places, Lydia sings like she means every single word and feels the stories deep inside.


The songs are full of broken relationships, death and heartache. The people they sing about are the lost, damned and forgotten. The trapped souls are wistful and hopeful but their lives have taken the wrong turns somewhere, they are beyond help, beyond redemption.

This is a record to take you down to the gutter, to drink bad whiskey and cry to. It’s a remarkable piece of music that draws you in slowly until you realise you can’t get away, even if you wanted to.


Lydia Lunch’s website is here, Cypress Grove is on Facebook here.

All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.

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