- With Louise
- I’ll Gather Flowers | Video
- Surrender to the Wheel
- Why Should I Worry
- As Thick as Thieves
- Disappear Here
- The Blue Spark
- All About Money
- Sisters of Mercy
Glenn Graham, sax and clarinet
Nick Rudd, guitar on With Louise
K Paul Boyev, bass on Thieves
1988. Area’s 3rd album.
A review from Melody Maker, England, March 4 1989
“AREA are an American trio and “The Perfect Dream” is the first of their three albums to be released here under a new link-up between London’s Third Mind and the Mid-West C’est La Morte labels. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful beginning to any relationship.
The essential focus here is Lynn Canfield’s voice. Il’s effortlessly seductive, reducing odd syllables to a whisper, a sense of calm weeping from every note in spite of the articulation of loss and loneliness, confusion and incomprehension, fears and pains, yearnings and soft burnings. With “Sympathy” and “Vigilant”, the effect is especially disturbing in a way not dissimilar to that crafted by Hugo Largo’s Mimi.
Musically, the album is a triumph of minimalism, dreamscapes gently stirred to pale life through the gentle fingering of fretboards and keyboards, some tracks devoid of a rhythmical backbone. “With Louise” is, however, an hypnotic purr and others, the likes of “Surrender To The Wheel and “As Thick As Thieves” feature saxophone and clarinet.
Grasping at clouds and clinging to Gabriel’s frayed gown. A wonder.
A review from Under The Volcano 1998
Area were a band musically that were right where they should have been for their time, circa ‘88. This is very 4AD sounding in the sense of Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. You get female vocals over ghostly guitars and scare drum beats, this was definitely for the black clad set. Oddly enough, now we’d say this is very Projekt Records-ish. At the time this stuff came out, Projekt’s domination of the scene was just starting to build into the massive snowball it is now. This is loaded with the sort of melancholia that you get when you write rather deep and introspective songs. This stuff still holds up, which is partially due to the fact that the gloom and doom seems real rather than painted on.”
A review from Magnet Magazine, Dec 1998
While The Moon Seven Times has dissolved, guitarist Henry Fraynes now leads Lanterna, and singer Lynn Canfield and drummer Brendan Gamble are in Shotgun Wedding. Additionally, fans of The Moon Seven Times will be pleased that the Projekt label has unearthed two of the four albums by enigmatic pop trio Area, the group Canfield and Frayne first played in together. On both The Perfect Dream and Radio Caroline, Frayne conjures up a radiant guitar ether that gently spirals around Canfield’s emotive, fragile voice as they both mesh with Steve Jones’ suitably delicate keyboards and programmed rhythms. Word has it that Jones has resurrected Area and is recording new songs.
A review from Etch Magazine, Dec 1998
Two re-issues (from 1987 and 1998) from this Champaign, IL, band. The music is an exquisite combination of ambient, darkwave and dream pop. Their influences that I could pick up were Dead Can Dance, Roxy Music and Leonard Cohen (which you can hear even before their stellar version of “Sisters of Mercy”). Not only do both CDs contain beautifully composed music, they also feature the seductive, breathy vocals of Lynn Canfield, who later moved on to The Moon Seven Times and is currently in Shotgun Wedding. Thank you Projekt for putting these jewels out.