Anyone who has followed Arcane Roots for any amount of time knows that their music is eclectic, ranging anywhere from a slow ballad to a fast rock anthem, and their latest album, ‘Melancholia Hymns,’ is no different.
This British alternative rock band is no stranger to wowing audiences and listeners. This is the band’s second full-length album, with the first receiving praise from fans and reviewers alike – this album should not have any problems doing the same.
A selection of the songs from this sophomore release start off small and silent and drag the listener into an emotional and drastic change in pace. While this is done effectively, it is a bit overdone on the album. One or two songs of this effect would be sufficient, but this album seems to thrive on this style selection.
Despite the continuation of the great music the band has put out over the years, some of the new tracks are a little muddy in terms of instrumentation and production, sometimes with the vocals being difficult to hear over the mix of instruments and the balance of everything within the song. It is sometimes difficult to hear what is being said.
When the lyrics are clear, they are wholesome and good. The lyrics speak to the listener directly at times, which allows the listener to feel engaged despite the long length of the songs. The vocalist has a unique voice that can do a variety of musical styles, and jump between them within seconds in a song.
One thing that may throw some listeners off is the unresolved notes that end several of the songs. While some may be used to this and appreciate the effect, some may be turned away, longing for closure. However, the band does not necessarily need to provide it, and they use this effect to keep listeners listening. However, ‘Half the World,’ the final song of the album, does end with resolution for those in need of finality.
While this band does tend to have the same sound from album to album, this one is definitely unique, and the band’s sound is different than any other band. The harmonies and instrumentations on ‘Half the World’ really hit this out of the park. This is by far the best song on the album. It encompasses so much of what makes Arcane Roots great: harmonies, instrumentation, clear vocals, and a wide variety of styles wrapped up in a package known as a song.
However, the band continues to hold up to the “hype” that surrounds them. They are unique in sound, even changing up their own sound between albums. Their wide variety of styles between tracks and even within the same track shows their versatility and talent in what they do and love. Long-time fans of the group, as well as new listeners, will find something they love on the album because of its varied palette.
- Before Me
- Off the Floor
- Everything (All at Once)
- Half the World
Arcane Roots ‘Melancholia Hymns’ will be available September 15, 2017, via Easy Life Records.
UK HEADLINE DATES (with Good Tiger and Gold Key):
Oct 5th – The Scala, London
Oct 6th – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Oct 7th – Academy 3, Manchester
Oct 8th – King Tuts, Glasgow
Oct 9th – Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Oct 11th – Whelans, Dublin
Oct 13th – The Arts Club, Liverpool
Oct 14th – The Haunt, Brighton
Oct 15th – The Fleece, Bristol
EXTRA DATES ADDED (with Fizzy Blood and Gold Key):
Oct 17th – The Key Club, Leeds (with Gold Key only)
Oct 18th – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Oct 19th – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Oct 20th – The Met Lounge, Peterborough
Oct 21st – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent
Oct 22nd – The Boiler Room, Guilfrod