Album Review: Midas Fall

By on Monday, 26th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

For those of you out there who believe that the weather carries an influence on what you listen to, well then perhaps Midas Fall‘s debut album should be better left on the shelf until autumn comes and the pervading darkness really sinks its teeth in.

To be honest though, that’s not really fair to this Scottish outfit hailing from Edinburgh. What we have going on with this somber post punk bunch is soaring guitars, ridiculously good drumming and equally noticeable vocals belting out from lead singer Elizabeth Heaton. In short, this is the sort of LP that can practically be enjoyed any time of the year. Think of a pleading Doloris O’Riordian of Cranberry fame fronting a band reminiscent of both The Cure and Portishead and you have just created the quintet of Midas Fall.

A particular highlight in each of the ten songs on “Eleven, Return and Revert” is the saturated amount of noise going on with each track. I’m not talking about orchestral sets coming in or an overkill of heavy Pro Tool use either. Just emotive rock ‘n’ roll in the purest since. Take “17”, for example, a driving piano melody sets the course of winding swirl of guitar noise and thumping drum beat.

Then there’s the eerie “Century” where a melancholy Heaton mournfully yelps that she “Can’t hold you anymore” before the band’s distinct sound takes off into a blur of driving noise that is boldly characteristic, yet different enough to be a special album standout.

It would be easy to give a rambling synopsis of each song that is layered thick with darkness and dripping with ambiguity. Let me defend this throwaway statement up with the anxious “Fog Sky Nun” where a “pause and go” melody sees each band member doing their own trippy thing, ranging from the funky chopping of drums to erratic guitar riffs. Something as collectively bold as this has yet to be heard on the music front for a long time.

A blue sky and the mild temperatures of spring haven’t stopped me from enjoying this wonderful debut from another spectacular Scottish band. I have a feeling that I’ll love it even more when the clouds of winter begin to loom overhead some six months from now.


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