Shape Of The Sun – Artificial Hearts – Single Review

The US protest-rock project of Nate LinekShape Of The Sun released the single Artificial Hearts today.

Shape Of The Sun

Shape Of The Sun

The three track single has a palpable sadness that bubbles even the most water-proof paint from the walls as the dark progressions drip from the architrave. Yet, despite its pessimism of the here and now, finds the listener spotting the faint light at the end of the tunnel which is the fulcrum of the intent of Shape Of The Sun. Things don’t have to be as they are currently, which makes for a fascinating conundrum that is all gathered together in Artificial Hearts.

Opening with Real Boy – which prophesies that a better day is an attainability, whilst conceptualising of the realities of daily grind –  and a cleverly worked piece of music as it merges both present and future possibility in a brief four and just under two thirds minutes of story telling, with a surprising twist of optimism towards the intent of friend and foe alike.

Next is We Are The Ones which is a reprise of  what has been and what could become as again Shape Of The Sun demonstrates through the tears and isolation a sense that there are opportunities with a trust that others see it too.

Closing out with He Mostly Kept To Himself – which takes the listener to an even darker and self-contemplative space – challenging that each person can choose to not be enveloped in the morass of the ’10s or become encased in it – it is  choice, not an uncontrollable force of outside herding and my pick of the release.


Artificial Hearts – Single – Shape of the Sun is available on iTunes.*

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Gavin Chappell-Bates – Church Of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Video

The English agit-rock creator Gavin Chappell-Bates was introduced earlier this year.

Gavin Chappell-Bates - We Are The Ones - artwork

Gavin Chappell-Bates – We Are The Ones – artwork

From the LP We Are The Ones (available on bandcamp) the first of the twelve tracks Church Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, discovers a more compacted fusillade of sounds than material previously featured. The piece serves as an anthem to his rationale for bringing his thoughts through the medium of music.

Requesting the listener casts off the references of ‘popularism’ to contemplate the underground creativity of those who generate original thought through which ever preferred medium, whilst acknowledging his is evidentially musically. The sparring fists pile into the listeners ears in a flurry of unceasing lefts and rights which reach to midriff, face and some unanticipated rabbit punches too.

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