Reviews: North Atlantic Oscillation & Anathema

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Emma Mackintosh

North Atlantic Oscillation
Fog Electric
Kscope - out now

'FOG Electric' is a picturesque prog journey, perched on the musical spectrum somewhere between Feeder and whale music, replete as it is with plodding drums and plinky xylophone (or another instrument equally plinky).

In fact 'Fog Electric' is an apt name for an album which is so out there.

Check out 'Empire Waste' and you will see what I mean.


Anathema
Weather Systems
Kscope - out now

"THIS is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul."


Not my words but that of Anathema's own Daniel Cavanagh. Recorded in Liverpool, the band's home town as well as North Wales and Oslo - all places renowned for generally being quite chilly and dark, when they want to be - this album seems to breath out cold, clean air.


The inspiring, fiery sunset on the back of the album is a good indicator of what is to come; highly charged and heartfelt music, Scandinavian in sound (it was mixed by Norwegian Grammy nominated Christer-Andre Cederberg), this album is a definite guilty pleasure. Tracks like the operatic, Phantom-esque 'Untouchable Part 2' could come from a musical.


It's way over the top but I dare you to listen to it when alone and not enjoy it.

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