Reading based acoustic duo Scattered Few have finally released their eagerly anticipated debut album, A Dozen Sirens; a 12 track album of poignant beauty that flickers and blurs the edges between light and dark.
From the moment the album bursts to life with Clouds you are swept away by singer Jena Tarabad’s incredible vocal performance. Her pure and tender voice rings out like a siren throughout the album, leaving a mark that’s impossible to ignore. Her stunning voice is complimented by a soft and gentle collection of instruments coined mostly by her musical partner Andy Moir, honed to a fashionable point that’s as enthralling and hypnotic as a lullaby. There is a deep and intimate nature running through the album, one which is closer to a whispered secret than it is to a sound: a distinct feeling that this is music as an art form, each individual song painting an exclusive picture of the world.
These pictures might not always be bright, but they’re always painted incredibly well. The Day the World Disappeared might sound like the most depressing portrait you could wish for but despite the post-apocalyptic track title there’s actually something deeply comforting about the equality found in their version of the end of the world. Complimented by a smooth collection of lyrics and instruments, Tarabad’s soothingly haunting voice carries the song away from the maudlin and into a realm where the end of the world is almost peaceful.
The music itself is blended masterfully to combine a host of deeply distinguishable instruments, from the harmonica to the mandolin, each piece of equipment acting as a brush for their canvas of sounds. It is the music that really allows the depth and beauty of the lyrics to surface without swamping the album in melancholia. The songs themselves are truthful, heartfelt and meaningful; yet set to the wrong music and songs such as The Day the World Disappeared and Reflection could take on an entirely different tone. It’s the music itself that lifts the audience up and away and allows the songs to share a sense of both poignancy and empowerment that propels the music deep into your subconscious, feeding the recesses of your mind lyrical messages and soul-catching tunes.
A Dozen Sirens is a clear-cut masterpiece, etching out 12 beautifully constructed songs that have the power to repaint themselves over and again in your minds eye. A 12 track album where you never really hear the same song twice.
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Review by Joe Knipe