Let’s Pray is the second track from Blaenavon’s upcoming debut album and it certainly sounds like the real deal. Some heavy bass circling around some quiet-quiet-loud guitar and stellar vocals. It reminds me of The Maccabees or a rockier Alt-J.
Backed with I Will Be The World, out now on Transgressive.
9/10 Medusa Customer review, 9th December 2016
While their Twitter bio says “pizza expert” the British 'progressive alternative rock' trio Blaenavon are undisputedly more than that. The band itself is best known for obscure and somber sounds as their KOSO EP (2013) shows.
The A-Side "Let’s Pray" might have some gloomy lyrics since “Let’s pray, let’s pray, let’s pray for death” is not an ordinary thing to scream in the middle of your everyday life – or maybe it is – but instrumentally spoken, it is a very classic sweet tune with a huge sense of sarcasm and self-irony. Frontman Ben Gregory’s softly deep vocals do not only add an exuberant feeling to the song, but also overflow you with a sense of ease. The swift sound of the guitar and the smooth drum playing turn the song into a proper banger.
Talking about proper bangers: the B-Side 'I Will Be The World' sounds as mysterious as the title promises you it will. It starts with goose bumps causing whisperings, getting louder and louder, emphasized by a vigorous bass line, heavy guitar riffs and pounding drums. Although the song bursts into anger and steely determination, the complexity of it gives you chills; giving you the feeling that you can be the world.
Blaenavon simply triumph in merging a very fresh and glitzy touch to their dark and twisty melancholic music.
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