STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 157887-23193 LABEL: Facedown FCD144 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Webber
Unlike many bands signed to Facedown Records, this four piece outfit from North Carolina have a much softer approach to their rock. Keyboards swirl and wash over the listener to create a soundscape that is altogether more progressive than many of their label mates. Guitars still crunch, along with wrenched vocals such as in the hardcore inspired "Sirens", but these musical tools are used sparingly as a much more open and lilting approach is sought. "Man O Shipwreck" is a beautiful example where stripped back orchestration creates a vulnerable and haunting melody. At times this talented bunch reminds me of House Of Heroes with their ability to mix punchy tight rock with a much more affecting sound. In the style of a concept album, lyrics that reflect our need for saving from ourselves are poignant and cutting. Seth Davey repeats, "Are we so righteous, we can make all the wrongs right?" as a refrain in "Desolate Isle". The inventive "Voices From The Shore" mixes a range of styles that play off one another to pick up what could have been an ignored tail to the recording. Beautiful, moody, moving and sensitive, this is a recording that at its best demands your attention, but can also outstay its welcome as some of the material included could have been lost without affecting the overall feel and message of the package.
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