After the stunning and impressive entrance of UK band The Mouth Of Ghosts through their 2012 debut EP When The Sun Sets it cannot be denied that many like us found a tingle forming at news of the band unveiling their follow-up release. The London quintet is one of those encounters where once bitten their seduction is irresistible, their atmospheric blend of shoegaze, trip-hop, and alternative rock veined by emotive textures and evocative hues, enveloping and infectious. The You Will Go Again From Me EP confirms The Mouth Of Ghosts as one of Britain’s most exciting emerging bands and though the new release does not have a When The Sun Sets on it, the first EP’s title track and one of the most glorious songs of past years, it pushes and expands the striking and imaginative presence of the band to greater heights.
The Mouth of Ghosts was formed in 2011 by guitarist Simon Langford and bassist Marco Italia, the name taken from a Dillinger Escape Plan song. The pair soon found and recruited vocalist Alla Seydalieva as their distinctive sound began to emerge and evolve. Completed over time by drummer Phil Page and Valerie Deniz on synth and additional vocals, the band ignited a definite hunger for their sound through the When The Sun Sets EP. The release of its title track as a single in October of 2012 also brought eager attention, finding support from the likes of Tom Robinson and numerous radio shows, and the song selected as one of the top songs of that year on BBC Introducing. You Will Go Again From Me is sure to emulate its predecessor with its mesmeric and invigorating contents and also steer the band into an even more intensive spotlight, one deserving of such an inventively expressive and intrusively immersive encounter.
The gentle opening caress of Winter Song instantly brings a chill to the spine, both from the emotive vocal and guitar beauty which strokes the ear and from emotions being taken back to the first seductive climate the band offered two years ago. They have a touch in sound and the sirenesque tones of Seydalieva which instantly sparks emotions; exploring and taking them on resourceful magnetic journeys as evidence by the first song upon You Will Go Again From Me. The track slowly works its way under the skin, keys joining the initial premise to open up its skies whilst beats and pulses court the brewing temptation of guitar and electronic enticement. Reaching its full height with Seydalieva showing the range and depth of her delivery, the track burns heatedly before ebbing and flowing with a more smouldering intent and embrace. The song reveals along its emotional landscape a greater maturity and adventure to the songwriting and sound, whilst across the whole release a stronger diversity than arguably offered by the band’s debut shows its suasion.
From the enthralling start the release strolls up another level with the outstanding Wrong, a magical flight through a celestial melodic soundscape with noir kissed edges and sinister shadows. There is also a scalding and rapacious edge to the guitars as the track reaches the height of numerous crescendos, the stimulus enflaming thoughts and pleasures as richly and dramatically as the otherwise angelic gait of the stunning endeavour. It is a masterful slice of sonic alchemy exploring a bolder and darker invention in imagination and craft from The Mouth of Ghosts.
Right on Time takes the listener on yet another new and alluring soar through an engulfing ambience, provocative harmonies, and heart sparking vocals, all within a web of sonic contortion from Langford. There is a swing and swell to the tide of the emotion and melodic enterprise which plays like Bjork meets Portishead, a sexually enlightened swagger which only fuels another dose of ardour towards the band and their songs. Once again a dark mystique lends it’s tempting to the engrossing dance and drama increasing the weight and depth of the whole experience.
The closing You Will Go is a melancholic whisper across the senses, brought with a morose gait within an almost funereal temperament and atmosphere. Unlike the other three songs it is a slowly burning suasion though still making a forcible impact from its first touch. As musically poetic as it is lyrically and vocally, the song is an intensive and empowering treat which emerges as a further weighty declaration of a highly promising band, one which is reaching its first pinnacle whilst setting new plateaus to ascend to.
The You Will Go Again From Me EP is a scintillating and enrapturing proposition from a band which is increasing its position as one of the most innovative and expressive bands in British music. The Mouth Of Ghosts and their new exploration is one sunrise and sunset all should treat themselves to.
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