The unique Darla Jade vocal is warm when layered but also has an icy edge when solo, in the vein of, say, London Grammar. The one-note melody on the chorus is remarkably catchy and sung with a precision that such simplicity requires. It develops into warm synth pads that cuddle you through to a counterpoint question-and-answer conclusion that’s a truly satisfying end to an epic chorus.
All in all, Consecration Revival Volume II represents praise, devotion, reverence, gratitude and love in a multitude of different musical guises. If not all of the styles float your boat, there is another song coming along before too long in this 17-strong collection. It’s difficult not to be moved by the conviction on offer.
Very human and organic, in the way that a gardener will always have soil under their nails, JJ Slater sing and play with conviction and heart, with vision and with direction, and will always get under your skin. Impossible to resist.
A nicely disparate collection of songs that flit around the rock genre with some dexterity.
The album weighs in at just over 26 minutes. Not one of them is wasted. Attitude is Everything. Well, maybe. But it’s this reviewer’s opinion that the punk aesthetic certainly doesn’t suffer from being in the hands of musicians as thoughtful and skilled as these.
The Escape Artist EP is imaginative, confident, shiny, layered, complex and stunningly produced, played and mixed. When something like this comes along, it’s time to sit up and take notice.
An uncompromising and beautifully brutal set of tunes that comprises of 20 tracks that must have given the faders and knobs a serious workout.
The whip-smart lyrics and confidence and swagger and unconventional arrangements all feed in to a portrait of an artist with clear ideas and the nous to pull them off.
A beautiful collection of songs that flies high on the wings of its sonic ambition & musicianship & boasts dynamic vocal performances that can flip effortlessly between coruscating & heart-wrenching.
Comparison is the lifeblood of most reviews, but apart from the nods to other artists and songs already mentioned above, Astoria sits quite comfortably in a an alt-country / rock / folk pocket all on its own. Leo Harmonay sounds very comfortable and accomplished in that skin and the breadth of his vision is impressive indeed.
I Imagined A Window is a bit of a rollercoaster. It feels organic and authentic and thrilling, with a dusting of electronics, and, best of all, autotune has been given the day off. Good shout. Where the paint has peeled, it’s only added character and gravity to the ride and I, for one, want to go round again. It’s blown the cobwebs away!
This is an album of crafted and loved material, beautifully sung, played, captured and mixed. A 90s heart may beat at its core, but there’s a modern sheen hovering over it all – along with smart production and arrangement choices. A great listen.