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