‘We Dissolve’ carries a lot of the same darkness and tension of Chrysta Bell’s music with David Lynch, but it’s set more in a pop genre. She ventures into some “goth soul” territory, which parallels nicely with her prevalent artistic motifs of the life/death/life cycle, the Great Unknown and Ultimate Transcendence. The lyrical matter is still pretty heavy and twisted, with obsession, dark passion and escapism touching virtually every track. Within the death ballads and murder ballads there is however a permeating sense of peace, a glimpse of sparkles in the void.
Ultimately you have a record of rich and deep material here, something to sink your teeth into, expertly produced by Mercury Prize winning producer John Parish. While is considered pop music, fans of This Train will still feel connected to Chrysta Bell through We Dissolve, and likely many more will know of her as a result of it.
“We Dissolve” by Chrysta Bell
Produced by John Parish
Written by Chrysta Bell and Christopher Smart
Featuring: Geoff Downes, Adrian Utley and Stephen O’Malley
Recorded at Toybox Studios, Bristol, UK
Mastered at LOUD Mastering by John Dent
Art Direction and Package Design by Todd Gallopo at Meat and Potatoes
Photography by Joseph Skorman