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Album review: British Sea Power
Man Of Aran
Aurally transporting you into this bleak and bizarre netherworld is a predominantly instrumental BSP,
who seem to have found their perfect emotional parallel in the stark landscape and crashing waves – strings swirl like a building storm, gentle scraps of white noise hiss like the wind and drums rumble like distant thunder. On standout track ‘Come Wander With Me’, heart-wrenching violins unfurl to reveal dense, dreamy rhythms, hushed funereal horns and layers of ghostly, choral vocals reminiscent of Grizzly Bear’s ‘Marla’. There’s a palpable vastness and a hushed reverence to the album that allows tracks time to simmer and smoke before they fire. The pace builds slowly like a wave, from the uplifting waltzing rhythms of ‘The Currach’, through the starry guitar epic ‘Boy Vertiginous’, on to the 12-minute My Bloody Valentine-style freak-out of ‘Spearing The Fish’, before crashing back down to its former languorous pace. This isn’t an album you can dip into; instead dive in and sink to the bottom and let it all gloriously wash over you.
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