And Then is the latest album to come from the graceful talents of Katie Doherty and the Navigators. Released at the end of a really rather dismal January it was everything that one needed to put a bit of passion back in your soul. Only just over a month into 2019 and we already have a powerful contender for one of the best albums of the year.
Opening their album with the breath-taking, almost maritime stylings of I’ll Go Out is a perfect introduction to the groups collective sound and also to what you can come to expect from the rest of the album. There is a deep and undulating drone evocative of swirling seas and crashing waves even though Doherty’s lyrics belay that. Doherty and her band have an unbridled passion that allows them to paint concurrent images through song and verse, a masterful collaboration of artists creating a deeply beautiful soundscape that can conjure images of rolling green hills, soft, swirling streams and violent waves crashing on a jagged rockface.
The music has its own unique element and is inseparable from the powerful and evocative vocals of Doherty. However inseparable they pair are however, it is Doherty’s soft lulling voice that leads it all. As tender and enchanting as any fairy tale princess, Doherty has the kind of voice that seems like she should have been singing as a part of Brave. Her powerful and yet softly presented voice drifts amidst enrapturing fiddle melodies to create an album that is utterly enthralling. Songs like Heartbeat Ballroom are astounding correlations of sound that seem as stunning as natural as the stars in the sky. Deep and endlessly beautiful, And Then burns like embers, a slow burning warmth ebbs through to your very core as it progresses. By the time it comes to a hesitant close you will notice a new found spring in your step and perhaps a world that is slightly more rose tinted than when you last looked.
Elegant, soaring and lofty melodies sweep around the charmed and invigorating voice of Doherty to create ethereal and hauntingly beautiful songs. Something within their music is so perfectly and stunningly natural then it’s shocking to feel so much from a collection of songs that are minimalist with their content. A truly astounding album and a tough act to follow.
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Review by Joe Knipe