Timing is everything in music – including on the marketing side.
This Borders-based quintet may not care about the biz of show, but their 13-track release is the ideal soundtrack for a cold, wintry new year. Austere in arrangement, and at times glacially-paced, the atmosphere may mask the fact that these are not (just) post-rock soundscapes, but imprerssively-crafted pop songs, even if they are unlikely to hit daytime radio.
‘Implodes’ is a majestic opener, recalling the songwriting craft of Frightened Rabbit and the building, shifting instrumentation of Mogwai, while recent single ‘Blind’s obtuse, portentous lyrics recall The Twilight Sad in tone and delivery. How it will last into the summer is another matter, but for now, wrap up and wallow in a blanket of sound and emotions.
This article originally appeared in the Berwick Advertiser.