"As a matter of course you rush through your lifetime, turning a blind-eye to world-weary crossfire."
As was the case with Breathless' debut album The Glass Bead Game, their follow-up, Three Times and Waving, is a lush, darkly romantic piece of dream-pop that is easily the equal of, if not better than, what the 4AD stable, mining similar aesthetic territory, was producing at the time (okay, with the possible exception of Dead Can Dance). While Dominic Appleton's vocals (sounding something like a more overtly romantic Brendan Perry) clearly set this band apart, he does not take center stage in most of these songs; instead the vocals are integrated into hauntingly ornate but often ominous soundscapes, functioning as just another sonic texture. Appleton's voice has an unusually tender quality, which provides an intriguing counterpoint to the album's Gothic overtones, giving these songs (and all of Breathless' early recordings for that matter) a very unique feel. Tracks such as "Into the Fire" and "Waiting on the Wire" are simply stunning Post-Punk gems, and whenever I listen to Breathless, it amazes me how such a talented and sonically interesting band could have fallen through the cracks of commercial success (come on, they even had a singer with a big voice!).
Three Times and Waving (2003 Re-issue Edition)
1. Sold Down the River (3:17)
2. Is It Good News Today? (4:53)
3. Three Times and Waving (3:21)
4. Into the Fire (4:13)
5. Working for Space (3:46)
6. Waiting on the Wire (5:11)
7. Dizzy Life (4:14)
8. Say September Sings (4:00)
9. Let's Make a Night of It (7:22)