The Australian alt-rock band Arcane Saints released the single Something Real on the 6th.
It has been over two years since they last featured and it comes as no surprise to discover the music has evolved.
Something Real finds the quartet in a fairly trippy mood in a song that has a retrospective feel and tangible warmth which emanates from the speakers leaving the audience with a becalming feeling of well-being.
The bending chords and notes of the guitars seemingly slow down time, while unhurried bass pulses below the surface and the elongated vocal adds to the sense of the psychedelia, with the percussion providing the only discernible sense of movement which allows the other elements to drift, as though in outer-space, without becoming lost travellers.
The Australian rock band Arcane Saints were introduced last year.
Cellophane Eyes, the penultimate of the half-dozen tracks on the LP In The Shade Of The Juniper allows Arcane Saints to reveal a more emotionally expressive side to their creativity as a lone acoustic guitar and doleful vocal opens the just under four minute ballad, before reverting to electronic instruments along with what sounds like a wurlitzler providing a warming backdrop.
The slow pace of Cellophane Eyes gives it further sorrow and is a well delivered composition that illustrates the abilities that lay within Arcane Saints.
Whilst still maintaining a full diary of live performance I hope Arcane Saints can find time to step back into the studio for a follow-up release to The Shade Of The Juniper.
Arcane Saints based in Melbourne, Australia, is the rock band comprising – Michael John (Vocals / Guitar), Michael Gooding (Lead Guitar), Den Murray (Drums) and Rory Wale (Bass).
Combing tempestuous percussion and bass lines with melodic rhythm and glittering guitars Arcane Saints lays the platform for the vocal to develop the range of moods from the frustrated to the elated. The powerful anchor of the sound is not established as a spring-board to loudness, rather enabling the developing melodies to swirl around the room.
Arcane Saints have used their time together to develop a sound that has the precarious edges that appeal to the die-hard rock-fan, whilst bringing in a broader spectrum of listeners through the careful compositions, which balance scathing temper with considered discourse without ever leaving either side of the audience to feel short-changed.
Having concentrated on developing an international live audience Arcane Saints found time to return to the studio and released an LP – In The Shade Of The Juniper, on the 21st. The six track album, which runs to just under twenty five minutes finds the quartet with a release that displays the band in fine form, taking the audience from heavily laden anthems to lighter textures, all of which work well in one package.