Formed in 2012, US rockers Spiraling Suns make their formal introduction through debut album Accidental Truths and an accomplished and enjoyable offering it is too. Though it does not quite set a blaze going with its wares, the encounter certainly brews up a healthy appetite for the trio’s inventive and potential soaked sound. It is full of well-written songs embraced in a matching enterprise of sound; they are tracks which do not overwhelm but definitely leave strong satisfaction a firm outcome.
Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Spiraling Suns consists of vocalist/guitarist Nick Petroff, bassist Adam Meindel, and drummer Rob Avsharian. The band name was chosen to reflect “a creative interest in the mythology of ultimate truth and the far-reaching effects of paradigm shift”, a meaning further explained in the album’s press release by “We often assume the permanence of objects and concepts in a universe in which continual change appears to be the rule. If the Earth fell out of orbit during some unexpected cosmic event, the Sun might appear (in our remaining moments as tiny beings on a small solar satellite) to spiral from the Earth.” Sound wise Spiraling Suns create an imaginative brew of progressive and heavy rock but also embraces just as potent grunge flavouring, indeed at times sound and vocals especially carry a good Soundgarden essence.
The release opens with One Less Thing, drums making the initial invitation before strokes of guitar and bass collude with beats in a strong invitation for ears. It is not a dramatic or startling start but easily has attention awake and ready for the melodic and vocal colouring quickly joining and wrapping its tidy frame. The voice of Petroff, as his guitar enterprise, almost winds around ears, binding them with resourceful and magnetic persuasion as the bass of Meindel offers a pulsating groan. The track remains an easy going and pleasing slice of rock ‘n’ roll, its gait and energy controlled but openly enticing before being matched by the following tempting of The Skin That Sleeps.
The second song has a greater tenacious start, riffs and bass hooks an instantly keen and lively coaxing; in fact they are almost dancing in ears such their adventurous and vivacious enterprise. Avsharian punctuates their flair with well-timed and imaginative rhythms, it all providing a thrilling beckoning to body and emotions. As across the whole album, the song does not surprise with any genre challenging explorations but its familiarity comes with an enjoyable strain of unpredictability.
The gentler melodic caress of Like Clouds comes next, its opening a mesmeric shimmer of evocative sound and endeavour. Things settle into a more familiar landscape once the song hits its sauntering stride, satisfying fully as it feeds expectations. Vocally Petroff continues to impress but already there is a lack of diversity in his delivery which at times calls out for the same kind of twists and turns found in the surrounding music of song and album. Nevertheless the track hits the right spot before The Thing Is with its bluesy air and the fiery Tomorrow Burns add their substantial and highly pleasing persuasion to the lure of Accidental Truths. The second of the two songs especially grips the appetite with its persistent swagger and spicy stroll, the bass of Meindel a rich compelling enticing throughout.
Under My Sun from a spatial ambience slips into another captivating walk through colourful melodic terrain and skilfully sculpted textures, that Chris Cornell and co feeling especially ripe as the song explores its narrative and boundaries.
The album is brought to a close by firstly Silence Is Sweeter, a musty slice of blues kissed rock ‘n’ rock working successfully away on feet and thoughts, and lastly the excellent In My Wake. The last track is the best on the album, its presence and imagination the boldest proposal in sound and imagination within Accidental Truths and stealing a fair chunk of the plaudits because of it.
There is a certain spark missing across Accidental Truths to stop it exploding in ears as it suggests it will whilst the great ideation within songs very often just does not go far enough, seeming to avoid going with the same boldness as shown the final track. Bottom-line though is Accidental Truths lures repeat attention and gives strong enjoyment, making a very enjoyable base from which Spiraling Suns can expand and evolve from.
Accidental Truths is available now via Laughing Apsis @ http://www.spiralingsuns.com/album/247220/accidental-truths