Enticed by its name and enthused by the praise of others in regard to a previous release, there was real intrigue in place entering into This House Has No Windows, the debut album from UK band Dearist. This is a band beginning to stir up a healthy buzz around themselves and it is easy to hear why as song by song, the encounter captivated ears and imagination. Released through Close To Home Records, the Southend-on-Sea independent home of the likes of Faux, Sneeze, Tilde, Of Us Giants, Walleater, and Great Sale Day, the nine-track encounter is a fascinating proposal of unpredictable and diverse flavours that at its heights lights a fire in the passions and in its lesser successes sparks a hungry appetite for more.
The Wolverhampton hailing Dearist began as the studio side project for bassist/vocalist Adam Binder of Kyoto Drive, it soon taking over as his main focus and becoming a full live band with the addition of fellow Kyoto Drive band mate and drummer Mitch Davis alongside guitarist/vocalist Chris Tucker and guitarist Michael Ingram, with more recently guitarist Lee Jarratt bringing Dearist to a quintet. Last year saw the release of debut single Get What You Want, its attention grabbing success backed by album teasers Fix and Leecher. With a sound described as emo/alternative rock but much more involved and varied than that description can suggest, Dearist are now poised to poke at broader spotlights with This House Has No Windows, a success easy to assume.
This House Has No Windows is on fire from its first second, opener Geneocide bounding in on stirring rhythms and an enjoyably piercing jangle of guitar. It is equally as sonically hazy as it is openly precise, the magnetic vocals of Binder and Tucker uniting in a warm but vociferous roar amidst similarly inflamed sound. Slips into mellower caresses only add to the seducing whilst accentuating the creative ferocity of the track’s rawer urgent energy. It is a glorious start carrying some recognisable if indefinable hues to its hooks and melodic prowls which just adds to the drama and persuasive power of the song.
The following Fix opens on a reflective kiss of piano before opening up its heart in another fiery but more restrained wind. It is a climate though which gets more intense as vocals raise their emotional energy and the guitars cast an evocatively alluring weave of invention and creative expression. With a unique character but matching impressive craft as its predecessor, the track reinforces the album’s strong start with Blemish adding its own potency straight after. Lying somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus & Mary Chain, and with shadows draping its heart and melancholy fuelling its reflection, the song is a bewitching seducing leaving the imagination alive and easy pickings for the Billy Talent like resourcefulness and angst of Fake to make use of. Though a bit of a slow burn compared to the songs before it on ears, it soon emerges as another highlight as it increasingly enthralling and involving emotions with every passage of time shared.
Leecher steps up next to uncage its creative and emotional bellow, intricate melodies colluding with provocative textures, vocals, and the earthier touch of bass and swiping beats. Providing another chorus and indeed array of twists which swiftly lure participation from those within its tempest, the song has satisfaction brimming before making way for the brief and darkly ethereal Something Unreal. A hug of voices within a repetitious sonic haunting, the track is neither an intro nor feeling like something full, it more a glimpse into another parallel moment somewhere and throughout very intriguing if a little puzzling.
Both Reign and What You Want continue that level of tempting, each missing the same spark found in the bigger triumphs before them for personal tastes but with shadowy drama and magnetic layers within the first and the muscular skeleton of the latter courting an increasingly predacious rock ‘n’ roll air, each captures ears and thoughts with open prowess.
The album is brought to a close by Crawl and its fusion of melodic romance and vocal temptation with initially low key rhythms which become more imposing yet equally flirtatious in an excellent finale to This House Has No Windows, release and song ending on an inflamed crescendo of sound and emotion.
This House Has No Windows is an irresistible encounter becoming more forceful and impressive in its adventure during a listen and in subsequent plays. The fact there is still room where it might have made an even more enslaving impression makes Dearist one very exciting prospect and very likely the next musical passion for a great many.
This House Has No Windows is released October 23rd via Close To Home Records on Ltd Edition 12” vinyl @ http://closetohomerecords.com/webstore/dearist-this-house-has-no-windows-180g-12 and digitally through https://cthrecords.bandcamp.com/ as a name your price download.
Pete RingMaster 23/10/2105
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