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Album Review: Another Sky - I Slept On The Floor (Fiction)

Graham Reid
Another Sky - Fell In Love With The City

There's no reason why, at the furthest point away from them on the planet, we should know of the London-based group, Another Sky which caused quite a ripple with live and television performances that had UK reviewers raving about the voice of front-woman Catrin Vincent. And her powerful, sweeping vocals which can soar with Anohni or swoop down into a strident rock delivery when the band kick in with a maelstrom of guitars is certainly quite extraordinary.

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There's a kind of post-OK Computer sensibility at work combined with post-rock and Vincent's choral-to-gutter range which gains extra resonance across these 12 songs which chart her personal (and political) course from smalltown England into London.

The striking "Fell in Love With The City" early up sounds like a clarion call where Vincent comes on like Joan Armatrading surrounding herself with U2's heroic grandeur. As does the driving second half of "Brave Face" which is underpinned by the extraordinary drumming of Max.

All hail the age of chaos,” they sing in "The Cracks" . . . but there is no chaos in this music, just the energy of it channelled into emotional and sonically tight songs in which Vincent surveys her world, finds it wanting or joyful.

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Catrin Vincent from Another Sky

The title track at the centre is a short, poem-like piece run through a voice processor to sound like some electric-church soloist.

They don't shy from utilising electronica (beats, keyboards) but at heart, they are an innovative post-rock band with a fierce intelligence and a unique delivery mechanism in Catrin Vincent.

Different, demanding even . . . but certainly commanding.

(And in a cool, somewhat timely cover half a century on).

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Released: 07 Aug 2020

Written By: Graham Reid Graham goes to a proper opera every year just to make sure they are still behaving themselves. Otherwise, he's immersed in everything from indie rock and power pop to world music and free jazz. He has always bought cheap'n'trashy secondhand and shiny new vinyl, and his long-running website has literally thousands of music reviews, interviews and overviews. Search parties have been sent looking for those who have got lost in www.elsewhere.co.nz