After-Death Plan‘s Literature is an early contender for any “Best of” list, and should be in everyone’s collection. It’s easily the album most-played on repeat in the Music in Motion Columbus office.
By Rick Gethin
When asked to describe the sound of After-Death Plan, the Columbus songwriting duo of Lesley Ann Fogle and Constantine Hondroulis call it “American Gothic Nous Rock.”
“We put the ‘American Gothic’ on it because when you hear the word ‘Goth’,” said Lesley from within their home studio in which we met, “all kinds of music that we are not about comes to mind. The ‘American Gothic’ has a much cleaner, haunted vibe to it.”
The term “Ethereal Noir” was the first thought that came to my mind upon listening to the entire album in the first sitting. They have a brooding and vintage feel, although not dated, to their sound that is very aurally pleasing.
Released in January 2017, Literature is the debut release from ADP, and is filled with songs that were inspired by or dedicated to various authors and books. Their sound would fit rather nicely on the early 4AD-era label. The reality is that their sound has a timeless quality to it.
You may be under the impression that ADP is new, although it’s really an extension of the Chicago-based music collaborative Mal VU that Lesley had for 20 years. But, the nine songs that fill Literature are not as dark as their work with Mal VU.
“It’s really just a name change,” Lesley said. “While I was there (Chicago), I had access to a studio and spent most of my free time in it. I just brought in as many musicians as I could. Since I moved here (Columbus), we still have the spirit of collaboration. I eventually want to get back to having the same sort of thing.” …[Read more HERE.]