From Nursery To Misery – Pixies In The Woods
Crucial provoyeur of underground darkwave, Dark Entries in San Francisco, bring us the standout reissue, Pixies in the Woods. It is a timeless collection of industrial, lo-fi washed home recordings of From Nursery to Misery, otherwise known as ethereal singers Gina and Tina Fear. Based in Basildon, Essex, these identical twin sisters have created a mythos around them with their eerie woodland synth-scapes, pierced by wistful vocals and diaristic stories of the dark side of life. A teenage naïveté meets youthful wisdom is captured here, a genuine sense of tragedy that transcends the goth label From Nursery to Misery find themselves inhabiting. It all began in 1987 when keyboardist Lee Stevens invited the twins over to sing over his primitive electronics, recorded onto a four track. Their goal was to create pop songs but what resulted was far more captivating: the dark musical underbelly where animals snarls echo, bluebells are draped in ice, and personal lyrics “—all my friends are dying—“ are given space to speak. Fans of early Dead Can Dance will appreciate an innately spiritual imbuing of lyric and esoteric melody. The tracks on Pixies in the Woods were hulled from cassettes including ‘The Oak Tree (1989) and ‘Equilibrium’ (1980) and newly remastered at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley.