Artist: Two Silhouettes.
Dark… … that’d be the one word review.
But that wouldn’t do justice to the twisted genius on offer here.
This album opens with the atmospheric ‘June’, there’s a lot going on here with many different sonic textures but it’s never overpowering, always teetering on the edge of the precipice without ever going over…
This feel continues with the following tracks ‘Nadir’, ‘Greyfield’ and ‘Cassandra’ all of which have that same dark psychedelic twist on the ragged edge of the experimental.
Then the album takes a completely different tack and swerves back around to catch you unawares with the haunting pop of ‘The Black Moods That Attack You’ With lovely vocals from Francesca Allen coupled with Sam Holloway’s schizophrenic pop creativity.
This pop feel remains for ‘Invisible’, which has some great melodic instrumentation. In fact as the album progresses it really opens out musically. With Flute, Cello, Piano and Organ to name a few additional instruments.
The beautifully melancholic ‘Coy’ seems to be branching out into a dark/folk territory and would fit in with some of the darker folk around today.
‘Dark Arms’ takes things down to a more stripped back sound with Sam taking the lead vocal very effectively.
And we’re off again with the delicious ‘Barn Owls’ opening with eerie Cello, before blossoming into a dark guitar driven paranoiac soundscape that would give Robert Smith nightmares.
‘You’re An Instrument I Don’t Know How To Play’ again opens with the Cello followed by a Rhythmic/Melodic darkness which is all pulled together nicely by some clever bass playing from Kev Cousins. All of which makes a nice platform for the Dark Poetic Lyrics… Fantastic title for a great song!
‘Bedrooms’ follows neatly on, continuing in the vein setup by the previous song. Here there is a great vocal interplay (aptly fitting for this duet). And what sounds like some live harp on the ending.
‘Wounded Eyes’ brings the album to a close “I wanna disappear, go out like a light”… sings Sam on the closing track… which ironically leaves this listener wanting them to stay and entertain me more.
If I was to criticise anything it would be the running order… As much as I like the first four instrumental pieces, I feel that they would be better suited to being closing tracks. Because I think tracks 5 through 12 are far stronger and have a more cohesive feel!
This is a great album, I urge you to have a listen.
Download it for free here http://twosilhouettes.bandcamp.com/album/twelve