Album Review: Her Name Is Calla, 'The Quiet Lamb' (Denovali)

Triumphant debut from the Yorkshire group

Written after songwriter Tom Morris’ breakdown, Yorkshire post-rockers Her Name Is Calla’s debut proper charts a psycho-geographical map where the band’s headspace scales the manic contours of the equally beautiful and punishing Dales. Though there’s little here in hock to Mogwai or Godspeed, this is definitely massive, pastorally apocalyptic music, often creeping through negative space rather than sprawling guitar weft. It’s occasionally a little subtle for its own good – especially considering its 80-minute length – but when they storm in, as on the final song trio, HNIC smash the compass that flickers between rage and timid frustration and become conquerors of all.

Laura Snapes

8 / 10

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