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Mostly Autumn – Go Well, Diamond Heart

October 4, 2010 by  

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Mostly Autumn – Go Well, Diamond Heart

NAME: Mostly Autumn
ALBUM: Go Well, Diamond Heart
DATE: 1November2010

LABEL: Mostly Autumn Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Defiant outsiders hit home hard

LOCATION: York, England

LINE UP: Bryan Josh (lead vocals, lead, rhythm electric & acoustic guitars); Olivia Sparnen (lead vocals, percussion, guitar); Anne-Marie Helder (keyboards, electric rhythm, & acoustic guitar, flute, backing vocals); Andy Smith (bass); Liam Davison (guitars); Iain Jennings (keyboards); Gavin Griffiths (drums).


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Less of a band and more a small army wielding musical instruments Mostly Autumn have so far eschewed signing to any major record label, the rascals. But that’s okay; you don’t need major labels with a loyal tour built fan base. Go Well, Diamond Heart is the latest release from these defiant rugged individualists following the departure of former lead female vocalist Heather Findlay and re-adoption of Olivia Sparnenn as their new lead songstress.

SOUNDS LIKE: Wow. This is a diverse and heady brew.

We open on ‘For All We Shared’, a track marked by its Enya-like, choral Celtic moaning. It’s epic in scope, Frodo Baggins stuff and it’s well done – this is ambient executed correctly. What follows is a flawless transition into a soft guitar narrative backed by wonderful soft vocals as lovely as the instrumental work, which in turn makes headway into heavier psychedelia-tinged territory. And that’s just the first track. Follow on, ‘Violet Skies’ offers us something entirely different. It’s lighter, twangier, with a strong focus on strong clear female vocals. It’s essentially a mature pop track in the vein of classic 90’s chartbuster ‘Torn’. While track three, ‘Into Borrowdale’, is essentially traditional barroom rock, which leaks in the faintest hint of the influences that govern ‘For All We Shared’.

And this incredible creativity continues for the best part of an hour – each track its own separate and surprising world, with something unique to offer, while retaining common themes and with apparently no room for filler. Of course it’s not perfect; a danger all too common with folk music is crossing the line over into cheesiness and the album certainly skirts the precipice of Cheddar Gorge a few times.

It’s little difficult to get a handle on the album as a whole, it straddles a curious genre best described as Post-rock folk psychadelia. And that doesn’t really cover it either. Reminiscent of artists as diverse as Lacuna Coil and, dare I say it, Dragon Force, the one certain thing that can really be said of this album is that it makes you want to hear them live. Can there be a higher accolade?

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: An Enya/Lacuna Coil mix played in a barn sounds like your sort of disco.


Submitted By Andrew Gregory



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