The Blackheart Orchestra – Breathe – Audio

The English dreamy-electro duo The Blackheart Orchestra are set to release the LP Diving For Roses on the 25th.

The Blackheart Orchestra - Diving For Roses - artwork

The Blackheart Orchestra – Diving For Roses – artwork

The mystical – approaching fifty five minutes, dozen track album, Diving For Roses is best enjoyed in quiet company to allow the washes of scintillating instrumentation to drift around the room as the singular vocals, akin to a sprite dancing on flower-tips, captivates the mind.

The Blackheart Orchestra are able to pipette sufficient melancholia to the material to quiver the lips whilst simultaneously embracing the listener in comforting arms allowing the audience rest tearful head on soft pillow and finding solace in the ethereal sadness as the duo demonstrate both skilled composition and sympathetic delivery as they translate their ideas in to an LP that is well worth adding to the collection.

My pick of the release is the penultimate number –  Breathe – in which The Blackheart Orchestra are most deft in relaying the context of Diving For Roses as the duo deploy a broad range of instrumentation, each of, which ideally suit the three chapters of the just under the six and almost a quarter minutes of the piece that, to me, is their finest orchestration thus far.

An opening panting breath lays across the expressive vocal, surrounded by piano / synth delivering a misty backdrop, prior to introducing an intensity of Spanish Guitar that captures the mood before gradually evolving to bowed strings that reflects of the emotional turmoil being played out in the composition concluding with the third element of the track which has a more pugnacious underpin of electric guitar that invites the listener to come up from the submersion to breathe air, rested rather than wracked.

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The Blackheart Orchestra – Keep The Light In – Single Review

The English moody-moment duo The Blackheart Orchestra release the single Keep The Light In on the 24th.

The Blackheart Orchestra - photo by Jeff Cooper

The Blackheart Orchestra – photo by Jeff Cooper

This was first sent to me on the 1st of June – so my apologies for the delay in writing some thoughts to all concerned and to you more particularly.

With a stream of electronics kit and acoustic instruments to lay hand to and all equally deliver their dampened moments The Blackheart Orchestra selected synth, guitar, loop and vocal for Keep The Light In, which ripples out of the speakers akin to a rock being thrown into a mill-pond.

The abrasive electro-drums crash though the speakers prior to the audience being invited to contemplate the undertow of the embers of burning Cathedral timbers and one is reminded of a depiction of the bombing of Dresden in the gothic electronic spires of smoke which, along with the soul eviscerating vocal, both equally leave the audience in quiet trance at the reign of subtle power which reigns upon the ears.


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