Natural Philosophy of Love

Natural Philosophy of Love

by Amber AsylumAmber Asylum


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If Lisa Germano, the Cocteau Twins, Julee Cruise, and Dead Can Dance ever collaborated on an album, the results would likely sound quite similar to the second album by San Francisco dream pop collective Amber Asylum. Leader Kris Force dominates the proceedings with her icy soprano vocals and haunting violin work, but these focal points are adrift in a hazy, slowly shifting soundscape of electronic keyboards, heavily processed guitars, minimal drums, and, of course, buckets and buckets of reverb. Force was clearly heavily influenced by This Mortal Coil's similarly ghostly It'll End in Tears, as made obvious by the mournful, elegiac cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Poppies" -- on which Force is a vocal dead ringer for Elizabeth Fraser -- which ends the album. (Ivo Watts-Russell is probably still kicking himself for not thinking of that one first.) Essential listening for anyone who wore nothing but black for at least one semester of high school, to be sure, but The Natural Philosophy of Love is so richly detailed and at times spine-tinglingly pretty that it's not just for recovering goths.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: Prophecy
UPC: 0884388713222
catalogNumber: 132
Rank: 137178


  1. Cupid
  2. Exodus
  3. Looking Glass
  4. Song of the Spider War
  5. Jorinda and Joringel
  6. Looking Glass Reprise
  7. Poppies
  8. I Have a Bonnet
  9. Avenging and Bright

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amber Asylum   Primary Artist
Dale Everingham   Background Vocals
Ross Yeo   Background Vocals
Timothy North   Percussion,Ambience
Blaise Smith   Synthesizer
Steve Von Till   Guitar,Percussion,E-bow
Kris Force   Violin,Vocals
Lars Savage   Background Vocals
Annabel Lee   Violin
Mack Clark   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dale Everingham   Engineer
Blaise Smith   Engineer
Kris Force   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Annabel Lee   Composer
T.C. Kelly   Arranger,Composer
Buffy St. Marie   Composer
Mike Richard   Composer
Stacy Martin   Composer

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