I’ve discovered some great bands through Sounds Good and one of the very best has got to be The Lunar Year. Since stumbling across their debut single ‘Porcelain’ on a Youtube video and receiving a submission email from them I’ve been hooked. They’ve continued to astound with the likes of ‘Porcelain’ and last single ‘Backyard Deck’ and now they’re ready to unleash their debut album Herodias.
The singles provided a wide scope of sound which The Lunar Year explored wonderfully. The piano-driven ballad ‘Porcelain’ produced a cold, stark atmosphere which was thankfully warmed by the addition of instruments on the folk-collaborative project that is ‘Backyard Deck’. These two tracks showed that The Lunar Year are talented individuals who actively look to stretch their sound as vast as possible to achieve different results, which is why I’m particularly stoked to check out Herodias.
‘Parachute Lung’ kicks things off with a stomping rhythm and swipes of guitars which provide a solid background against frontwoman Katie Burke’s vocals. Her voice projects lyricism of being in a bad place which directs the instruments to produce perfect illustrations of the heartbreak and pain she felt at that particular time. It’s a well-crafted, heavily layered track that perfectly gets the new album off to a good start.
‘Hey Mister Gray’ combines piano chords and unnerving background noises and guitars to produce a slightly unnerving soundtrack that suggests Mister Gray might have been a naughty boy. ‘Blue and Orange’ chimes in with an instrumental and imagery of the sea that aims straight for the heartstrings, while ‘Porcelain’ sticks out once again as a real highlight.
Herodias is a wonderful album from The Lunar Year. The band have done an excellent job at keeping the record submerged in it’s moody atmosphere and allows it to excel with the use of continued exploration that we heard from the two singles. All of the songs featured seem to be created with so much care and attention that it’s hard not to appreciate all of the little details that seem to appear with repeated listens. It’s excellent.