25th Art Rock Show: Hope For A Mourning

Mice On Stilts - Hope For A Mourning

Mice On Stilts is een zevenkoppige band uit Nieuw-Zeeland, waarvan de muzikale stijl wordt gekenmerkt door een combinatie van folk, jazz en prog rock, verpakt in intrigerende klanken. Hugo van den Bos op Musicmeter.nl spreekt over adembenemende muzieklandschappen en zang die zich ergens bevindt tussen die van Thom Yorke en Chris Martin.

Bespreking van de themonolith.com: “Continuing exactly where their debut left off, it weaves tapestries of gloomy melancholy and dark despondent melodies. Self-described as ‘doom folk’, Hope For A Mourning shines with a great many facets of composition, with sublime instrumentation progressing artfully onward from An Ocean Held Me. Simple acoustic sections sprinkled with pianos contrast with more complex parts that make use of multiple vocal tracks and a diverse array of instruments. Songs like “Orca” tend towards the off-kilter, with some pretty spooky vocal arrangements pairing with the brass arrangements to feel like a ghostly jazz orchestra slowly soundtracking the end of the world. Benjamin Morley’s spectral vocals grow more harrowing and grainy throughout as he’s joined by a ten-piece choir to add even more depth to the song. (…)

The album’s highlight comes in the monolithic “Funeral”, an eleven minute masterpiece, which along with “YHWH” is a perfect distillations of what Mice On Stilts are about; a mix of introspective emotion, ear-tickling technical skill, and equal parts light and dark.

Hope For A Mourning is a dreary, jazzy, complicated listen. It’s chock full of interesting musicianship and takes more than a couple listens to wrap your head around, but the end result is very rewarding. The vocals are wrought with a heavy-heartedness and the instrumental passages create a rapturous darkness. Mice On Stilts are a band to watch out for, and Hope For A Mourning truly an excellent album.

Naast Mice On Stilts met het album Hope For A Mourning staat deze week op de menu: A Forest of Stars (Opportunistic Thieves of Spring), Biglietto per l’Inferno (Vivi. Lotta. Pensa), 3RDegree (The Long Division), One Hundred Thousand (The Forms in Which They Appear), La torre dell’alchimista (La torre dell’alchimista) and Randone (Ricordo).

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 18.00 & 18.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday / Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00
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