The Revival Hour – Hold Back [Listen]

Fresh back from a week spent exploring the rainy Cornish coast and I already have a pile of releases mounting on the side of my desk. Before beginning the trawl through the precarious mountain beside me and whilst doing my usual weekly round of bandcamp, I stumbled upon The Revival Hour and their outstanding debut single Hold Back / Run Away.

Hold Back is big in every sense of the word, opening line “I am the lonliest climber of them all” sets a brooding tone which continues through; combined with gospel backing, rising choruses, swelling strings, deep brass, staccato piano, D.M. Stith’s brilliant falsetto voice and finally complimented with some seriously smooth production and this track just begs to be played loud. It’s powerful stuff, full of soul and incredibly intense. Lyrics question and demand, “Am I right to hold back?”, as the song rises and builds into something really quite wonderful. It’s dark, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s also crackling with suppressed energy. Bold stuf indeed.

The Revival Hour’s other half is completed by John Mark Lapham (The Earlies, The Late Cord) and with contributions from members of The Earlies, My Brightest Diamond and Shearwater, they are looking like they could become something really quite special. The single was released on 24th October of last year and after digging on facebook it appears the duo are working on release number two, a full length and a forthcoming tour. It couldn’t come soon enough as I can see myself exhausting this song pretty quickly if tonights play count is anything to go by!

Hold Back / Run Away is available to download for $2 (USD) from The Revival Hour’s bandcamp page.

Modepth – Silence Over the Wadis [Listen]

After a strong debut EP back in November and a track featured on Ministry of Sounds compilation Adventures in Dubstep & Beyond, Manchester ambient/downtempo/2 step (I get lost with these genre crossovers sometimes) producer Adam W Flynn, AKA Modepth, has already been busy throwing some new tracks up onto soundcloud for his growing fanbase to devour. This latest one Silence Over the Wadis caught my attention especially as it builds on Modepths sound from the Dusk EP perfectly, pushing the bar in almost every way.

Soaked in atmosphere with crystal clear production and a delicately composed drum track this is one piece of music to turn all the lights off and listen undistracted on some decent headphones. I’m pretty excited to hear what’s around the corner for Modepth and after a live London debut back in November I’m hoping for a full-length follow up that really develops on the solid foundations Flynn’s already laid. Modepth has a habit of chopping and changing tracks on his soundcloud so catch it soon before it’s removed!

http://soundcloud.com/modepth/modepth-silence-over-the-wadis

Modepth – Dusk EP is avalibale on itunes. Highlights: Dusk and Sol.