The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives
The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives

Album Review

Album title
Afterlives
Artist
The Unwinding Hours
Label
Chemikal Underground
Release date
20 Aug

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Playing Stereo, Glasgow on 1 Sep www.chemikal.co.uk/artists/the-unwinding-hours/

The Unwinding Hours – Afterlives

5/5 stars
Album review by Dave Kerr.
Published 31 July 2012

With their self-titled debut as The Unwinding Hours, Craig Beaton and Iain Cook proved unequivocally that there was life after Aereogramme. Rarely does a band so effortlessly command the kind of reverence that follows this (or their former) band around in a live setting. On record it’s much the same thing; reminiscent of The Blue Nile in their hushed majesty, this is food for the soul. Fortunately for their loyal following, any threat of a sabbatical while Beaton went off to study Theology was stunted by a streak of weekly writing sessions, resulting in Afterlives.

Break seems a clear and optimistic statement of intent, pushing soaring choruses to the fore with a stride that their often understated and downtempo entry only hinted at. But they can do both: “Don’t count me out just yet,” Beaton warns on The Right to Know, a menacing number fleshed out around the propulsive backbone of Cook and Jonny Scott’s dynamic rhythm section. Uplifting and melancholic, muscular and brittle – Afterlives is a beautifully nuanced complement to its predecessor.

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  • Dave, wonderfully well-written review for this dynamically inspiring pair of musicians who many have never had the opportunity to listen to, and experience their emotively haunting beautiful music.

    Posted by Bryce Friend | Monday 20 August 2012 @ 10:00

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