Following on from her first two successful and acclaimed singles, London based indie folk artist Megan Wyler unveils the massive enchantment of Through The Noise, her debut album. Consisting of ten elegant and evocative caresses, the release is a musically absorbing and lyrically captivating kiss upon the senses and imagination. One which leaves feelings and thoughts alive and contemplating the suggestive and reflective power of the songs and their passionate presentation.
The Nowever Records released Through the Noise comes closely behind the singles The Fraying, which also received an eagerly consumed dark dance floor remix courtesy of electronic legend Matthew Herbert, and the album title track before it. Devoured keenly by fans and media, Wyler gained the prestigious ‘Artist of the Month’ slot on the world’s largest folk music website, Folk Radio as well as intense media coverage, which the album can only increase upon. Through The Noise like the singles was recorded with multi-instrumentalist producer Adem Ilhan. Contributing also to the playing and also the writer of The Fraying from the release, Ilhan brings a subtle and understanding production to the songs on the album which ignites their raw beauty and breath into an enthralling and magnetic presence upon the senses. It is an organic touch to heart bred instinctive music and lyrical embraces which only deepens their textures and success.
Opening song The Fool immediately enslaves the ear and thoughts, the golden tones of Wyler a fresh gentle breeze upon the emerging guitar bred ambience with acoustic strokes to the fore. The atmosphere of the song tingles to the touch, spreading its seductive and rising intensity through the sirenesque harmonies which Wyler soars the sky of the song with. The track is a delicious introduction to the album, the sounds of a busy world and mind adding whispers within the ever growing transfixing cloud of sound and warmth which makes an eager invitation.
The immense start is instantly repeated through the title track, slow dramatic keys stirring the air with evocative prods before Wyler once again brings rays of vocal heat to the banjo and key designed sunset. The sultry climate of the song and an undefined familiarity to the track only adds to its allure and stunning effect. The smouldering persuasion of the single is elevated and intensified in Can’t Sleep, a lullaby of melodic and emotive seduction which again holds a recognisable yet impossible to pin down tonic for the passions. A slow wrap around the listener, the song is the fuse to another elevation of rapture and potency of the album.
Both Everyman and Know You Know take emotions and imagination on a fruitful stroll through provocative scenery, the first with a shadow toned lilt to the guitars and tantalising tangy enterprise to vocals and melodies whilst its successor is a sandy floored wander through an inspired personal narrative of reflection brought with melancholic grandeur by the strings of Vincent Sipprell and Emma Smith. Both are magnets to the senses if without finding the riches of ardour earlier songs reaped, though those depths are soon explored again by the stunning I’m Sorry. Double bass drama adds further emotional shadows to the melodic consumption of the ear, the song another with moments of clear familiarity whilst creating a scintillating web and wind of stimulating beauty; guitar and vocals the lead to a flame of creative magnificence and an emotional musical tempest.
From this point the album seems to lose some of its potency, though each subsequent track starting with The Fraying are certainly impressively crafted and impeccably presented before the continuing to be happily satisfied appetite. A duet between Wyler and Ilhan with an acoustic wrap, the track is an appealing incitement but lacks the spark of previous songs, which considering its acclaim and success as a single shows the heights of the album.
Drown and Kelebek also fall short of finding that trigger, the ignition for the passions to emulate what emerges as the stronger first half of the album. It is all down to the individual though, every listener undoubtedly going to discover personal favourites and preferences whilst agreeing that from start to finish each and every song is a tonic for the ear. Zither brings the album to a close, the song a final intense whisper for the heart cementing everything about the songwriting and Wyler which is poetically spellbinding and impressive. Through The Noise is quite simply a beautiful album, a smouldering sun to enhance and explore every day with charm and evocative vision.
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