‘Ark’ is remarkably assured for a debut album

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Halls - 'Ark'

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Halls – ‘Ark’

If, like many, you enjoy the idea of James Blake’s intense blubstep ponderings but always find yourself wanting a few more, y’know, tunes, then 21-year-old Sam Howard could be the one for you. ‘Ark’ is remarkably assured for a debut album, Howard hitting his target direct when many around him are left quivering, their finger still on the trigger. Sparse, on-trend production runs throughout and works best on album highlight ‘Roses For The Dead’, a brick-grey ballad given flair by intricate two-step drums. Things get blurry towards the end as some focus is lost, but time is on this young talent’s side.

David Renshaw