Instrumentals only please
I really wanted to like this band. Citing the Divine Comedy as an influence and having multiple musicians in tow sounded very promising. And, the music here is just fine. Where this album loses me is the vocals. The vocalist made me think of Orange Juice era Edwyn Collins and the juxtaposition of those tortured vocals against lush instrumentation results in something disappointingly discordant. The lyrics are also not top notch, but we can't all be Neil Hannon, so that part is forgivable. Get a vocalist MUCH more adept at melody and this project has quite a lot of promise.