The Weight of the Sun by Modern Studies

The Weight of The Sun is the new studio album from folk-based kosmiche explorers Modern Studies. As their previous efforts (2016’s Swell To Great and 2018’s Welcome Strangers) would suggest, it showcases Emily Scott, Rob St John, Pete Harvey and Joe Smillie’s natural abilities at combining melody with texture. 

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The Weight of the Sun by Modern Studies
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9/10 Daoud 07 May 2020

Sometimes all you need is to do one thing really well. Modern Studies do a lot of things well, but it’s their singing in particular, that makes ‘The Weight of the Sun’ such a delectable listen. The whole album is anchored on the tension between Emily Scott and Rob St John lovely voices, a tension that makes both all the lovlier. John’s is an oaken baritone, Scott’s a clear soprano. This creates a glorious tonal gulf between the two, that only makes them seem closer melodically. It’s wonderful and I could listen to the two of them singing all day.

Unfortunately I don’t have all day, but there is good news! There are lots of other nice things I can say about ‘The Weight of the Sun’. The instrumentals are as warm and gently psychedelic as that lovely album artwork suggests; keys and soft drums and delicate woodwind. It reminds me of ‘The Age of Immunology’, the most recent album from labelmates Vanishing Twin.

They use these tools with great versatility, take the Boney M.-ish disco of ‘Run For Cover’ (though I might just be remembering Bobby Farrel’s own wonderful baritone here). The track is anchored by a surprisingly groovy bassline, while sparse guitars provide a floird backdrop for the singers' iconic duet.

There’s also ‘The Blue Of Distance’ which lies somewhere between Wild Beasts and Neu!. On it Scott and John sing that they’re “trying to come down”. After listening to an album like this it'll be hard.



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