New video for ‘Fate’ streaming above.
Combining cathartic drama with delicate intimacy, London alternative rock band Aloric have been mining an earnestly pure emotive experience over the course of their work. Their latest offering is ‘Fate’, a track that goes from confidential and insular, to gloriously purgative and stirring over the course of its near five minute running time. Accompanying the track is a simple and affecting music video. Depicted is a quiet wake in which mourners take turns to approach the deceased and pay their respects. It’s simplicity is its strength and it makes for an engrossing watch.
With the release, Overblown felt it an excellent time to see what albums and music influenced the group more than any others.
5. Fionn Regan – The End of History
This guy came into my life 6 years ago when I heard this album. I can honestly say it is one of the greatest pieces of art ever created. His lyrics are astonishing, his guitar work incredible, and his song-writing visionary. He’s pulled out a dying art form in the acoustic singer-songwriter and added a rare element of originality.
Lucinda Williams called him “The Bob Dylan of our generation”, and I 100% agree with her. But what scares me is that no-one gives a shit. Here is a man with a body of work that could slay the finest 60’s troubadours, yet our generation just seems uninterested. I guess it’s a sign of the times, a sign of the industry, or me making up signs.
I get jealous when I tell people about Fionn and find out they’ve never heard of him, because they get to experience this album with that blank slate of newness that you can’t ever replicate.
4. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
“When I heard him, I knew that I was in the presence of an angel” ~ Lou Reed
What more of a glowing review do you need. This album contains 10 tracks of such diverse, joyful, sad, and generally emotionally-draining beauty; that each time I listen to it, it is like having a conversation with the Gods.
Antony’s voice is one of the greatest and most unique in all of music history, she transcends me into another world and this album is like an incredible book; taking me to new places, chapter-to-chapter.
3. Sigur Rós – Takk…
Never has a band painted their surroundings so perfectly in music than Sigur Rós. They capture every scenic image in their Icelandic landscape, and recreate them into the most beautiful sonic landscapes.
I remember being 17 years old, and going to see them in Manchester during their ‘Takk’ tour whilst knowing very little of their music. To this day, it was the single most spiritual experience I have ever had, and maybe will ever have. They created incredible sounds that I just didn’t understand at 17. How was he making those eruptive volcanic sounds? How is he singing so high? Where is that swaying wave-like sound coming from? When a band makes you ask questions, you have nothing left to do except learn.
I understood how powerful music was and how it could do things to your body, so instantly, that no scientific theory could explain. Paradoxically, it was the day I understood music, and the day I realised you can’t understand music.
2. Björk – Vespertine
Björk is my biggest direct inspiration in all of musical history. She is a daughter of Mother Nature, a voice for the Universe, and possesses a mind more advanced than any musician I’ve ever come across.
There is no English word I know of that can describe how perfect of an album this is, no metric system that can give it a grading; no comparative work to put it next too. It came out in 2001, and combined the world of Digital & Analogue so perfectly, that everyone since has been trying to catch up, and failing largely.
1. Jeff Buckley – Live at Sin-é
This was the reason I fell in love with music. You can hear his entire life, his entire musical and comedic upbringing laid out to bare, in a diverse and eclectic palette where his ability had no restriction.
Live at Sin-é remains my favourite album of all time. It has been, and still is, the key to everything I do. I could speak about this album so passionately, track-by-track, monologue-by-monologue, that it would bore even the most steely-fanned of you. I hold everything on it so close to my heart, and so close to my soul. It is my ayahuasca, my key into the spiritual world, and the beauty of it is you don’t need to go to an Amazonian Rainforest to experience it, you can just play it off your iPod on the Jubilee Line. Fucking Technology eh?
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