Album Review: Sound of the Sirens – This Time

It has been two years since the debut album from Sound of the Sirens premiered to the world and to vast critical acclaim and despite this wait it feels as though they are still fresh in our hearts and minds. These last two years have seen the pair form even stronger bonds and creating vast, radiant and enigmatic songs that push the boundaries of the sound and envelop a stunning and versatile soundscape that have culminated in the release of their new album This Time.

This Time is a rich and vibrant collection of country infused indie rock music that is driven by the deeply emotive and powerful voices of Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood. There is an unfathomable depth to the pairs work even if they have perfected the art of keeping their music quietly understated. The depth of This Time becomes increasingly noticeable as they progress; their tracks seem to hold whole worlds between the notes as their carefully crafted layers overlap and create a whole new soundscape for you to explore. Jovial, ardent guitar melodies are joined by dextrous and understated fiddles, dancing drum beats and more. It would seem that with each and every listen you can notice a tune or a melody that you never noticed before. Perhaps it will be their careful mouth-music or perhaps the tinkling of a piano but either way their songs become immensely rich, astoundingly crafted and endlessly beautiful.

The mere fact that their music can seemingly elude you upon first listen is likely related to the breath-taking charm and elegance of their voices. Martin and Wood combine their mesmerising voices in equal measure but not always simultaneously. Their harmonies are uniquely disjointed as their unique and soulful voices approach you from different sides and engross you completely. The result of this enchanting act is that their voices encase you in a bubble of bliss and wash away the worst and most worrying of weeks. The true beauty of Sound of the Sirens is that as charmed and tender as their melodies are, they are readily capable of throwing their hair to the wind and bringing songs to life that are bursting with passion and power.

Sound of the Sirens are an act of absolute and true beauty. With songs that lay out their souls for all to see. Soft and tender, their smooth and soulful voices overlay their encapsulating accompaniments and together they bring an album to the world that lets time melt away.

The album will be available digitally, on CD and black heavyweight vinyl, with signed copies available to pre-order now from Sound Of The Sirens’ online store. ‘Troubles’ is available as an instant grat with all album pre-orders.

The duo will embark on a 20-date UK tour in January, including dates in Exeter, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Manchester, and a date at London’s St Pancras Church. Full dates can be found below.

25/01 – Paignton, Palace Theatre
26/01 – Exeter, Phoenix
27/01 – Winchester, Railway Inn
28/01 – London, St Pancras Church
29/01 – Hull, Adelphi
31/01 – Milton Keynes, Stable Room 2

14/02 – Bath, Komedia Café
15/02 – Leeds, Mill Hill Chapel
16/02 – Southport, The Atkinson
17/02 – Oxford, Bullingdon

14/03 – Barnstaple, Plough @ St Anne’s
15/03 – South Molton, Plough @ The George
16/03 – Great Torrington, The Plough
21/03 – Colchester, 3 Wise Monkeys
22/03 – Newcastle, Cluny 2
23/03 – Glasgow, Hug & Pint
28/03 – Manchester, Band On The Wall
30/03 – Chester, Storyhouse

05/04 – Hastings, White Rock Theatre
06/04 – Bedford, Esquires

Review by Joe Knipe

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