The Strife of Love in a Dream

The Strife of Love in a Dream by Miracle.

Miracle is a duo of Daniel O’Sullivan of Grumbling Fur (etcetera) and Steve Moore of Zombi.

Most Music Press I’ve seen describes this group as their “Dark Synth-Pop” ensemble.

Now, I don’t know about you, but for me, “Dark Synth-Pop” is, say, Foetus, Clock DVA, or Cabaret Voltaire. Going from the auditory contents of this album, for the Music Press, I guess “Dark Synth-Pop” is more like, say, early Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, Tears for Fears, or Dead or Alive.

Which is to say, this album is a bit quirky, but I would be hard pressed to describe it as “Dark”. I know I’ve gone over this before, and I don’t really know why I continue to investigate albums that Mr O’Sullivan is involved in. Some perverse curiosity? Anyway, I don’t feel much nostalgia for cheesy sounding electronic percussion, chorale scented male harmony vocals, or KeyTar solos, yet I continue to listen to each one of these releases from his bands, perhaps in the hopes that the interesting bits which lurk at the edges of these albums will somehow finally make it into the spotlight on one of them.

I will say, the name makes this album sound quite ambitious. “The Strife of Love in a Dream” is the English translation of “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, the title of a 15th Century allegorical romance by Francesco Colonna, a Dominican Monk, poet, and author.

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