Having already treated us to the exceptional sounds of the singles Pipe Dreams, Grand National, and Flash! Lights, Edinburgh dark cello pop band Letters return with new track The Halfway House as they build towards their forthcoming debut EP Older Motion Pictures due on the 19th of May. Once more the band ignites the senses with an expressive and emotive song that leads one in to their distinct world of creativity and beckoning shadows.
Letters have just touched a year as a band and with each release seem to grow and mature into an even stronger emotive force. Though only a few songs into their existence you feel each time they are already at their height, the singles so impressive but each subsequent track takes another distinct step forward, the band finding more and more within them and their creative well. This makes the anticipation for the EP even more acute and impatient.
Recorded and mixed with Stephen Watkins of TAPE Studios, The Halfway House is a stunning song bringing bulging dark rhythms and throbbing riffs into an even tighter mesh with glorious harmonies and impactful emotions. Unavoidably the centre to the song is initially the wonderful vocals of guitarist Mikey Ferguson and the delicious moody cello ingenuity of Georgie Williamson, whose own vocals make the perfect contrast and companion to those of Ferguson. As the song plays and plays upon the ear though it is not long before the energy and artistry of the whole band reveals itself as the heart to their poignant and impressive sound. Fellow guitarist Ed Ellis lays intricate guitar sounds to exploit in the best way the senses whilst the bass of Dougie Fuller yet again sets the darkest deepest tone to the song with a greedy passion. With the rhythms of drummer Kerr Donaldson framing and guiding, the song takes the heart on an anthemic journey that leaves one mesmerised and glowing.
The Halfway House builds to an infectious crescendo that leaves one breathless, though they have you hooked and gasping within the opening seconds of the song to be honest. The band takes you on an honest stark trip with their every song, The Halfway House the most visual and effective yet. Lyrically the band weave images and emotions just as they do sound, and are proving to be one of the most complete bands that grace the ear right now and it feels only a few steps away that the strongest recognition awaits.
Letters offer the soundtrack to your emotions, heart, and shadows; they make exceptional music and perfect songs as The Halfway House proves. The only problem with them is whatever they give is never enough. One blissful single and one is longing for more, for the EP and for sure once that feeds our greed the longing will be for an immediate album. Letters are not just good; they are an essential breath within music.
Letters head out on a Scottish tour with ‘Where We Lay Our Heads’ in March to celebrate the single release.
21st – Glasgow – Captain’s Rest
22nd – Inverness – Hootanannys
23rd – Thurso – Newmarket Bar
24th – Skye – Saucy Mary’s
25th – Edinburgh – Wee Red Bar