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This Manchester four-piece have generated religious-like devotion at a series of underground gigs. Now they’re ready to convert a wider congregation. Their debut begins, on “So Long (God Is Dead)”, with Jamie Lee’s echo-laden a cappella, like a chorister in a ruined nave, and continues in that enveloping, ethereal vein.
Ambience and texture matter most for a band following Wild Beasts’ lead. Only the clangingly heavy riffs of “Cold Water” change the mood. On the ballad “Goodnight London”, the line “Singing for the dreamers, sleepless with their dreams” is delivered with total solemnity. It will all strike some as irredeemably precious but you can’t say it isn’t made with dedication and skill. We’ve not had a band this convinced of their mission since The Verve.
The Shadow of Heaven