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Album review: 'Haunt Your House III' 

Steve Wilkins

'Haunt Your House III'

Self-released

stevewilkins.bandcamp.com

Continuing his haunted house album series for the third year in a row, Steve Wilkins is a local DIY musician making a tradition out of seasonally themed soundscapes. Having released several albums since his debut "Pasteurized Instrumental Music for Relaxing Occasions" in 2014, Wilkins finds clever ways to trick and treat your ears, using a tasteful blend of old-timey sounds and new musical timbres.

The sound of crickets chirping, an ominous "hoo" from an owl, and a trio of piano, cello, and violin float together in a slow and somber dance. With a brief pause, the listener enters a house with the slam of a squeaky wooden door. This is just the beginning of Wilkins' plot to spook listeners with his newest album, "Haunt Your House III."

Be prepared for sudden bouts of screaming and smashing glass on songs like "Cellar Dwellers" and "The Stalker." Wilkins creates entertainingly creepy and silly arrangements using orchestral instruments, electronic sequencers, and synthesizers. The album comes to an end with a ghostly poem whose words will send shivers down your spine. "Haunt Your House III" uses more sound effects than Wilkins's previous two Halloween albums, providing a realistic musical narration of a haunted house.

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