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Racing Glaciers — Caught in the Strange (August 5th 2016)

Racing Glaciers — Caught in the Strange (August 5th 2016)

   Racing Glaciers — Caught in the Strange (August 5th 2016)Racing Glaciers — Caught in the Strange (August 5th 2016)♦»  Macclesfield band Racing Glaciers have been regulars on this site for a couple of years now. After a releasing a bunch of EPs and singles along the way, the quintet finally drop their long awaited debut album Caught In The Strange. We gave the record a few spins to tell you whether or not it’s been worth the long wait.
♦»  Racing Glaciers return with their debut album ‘Caught in the Strange’, released through Killing Moon on August 5th. With well over 2million Soundcloud plays on just their first few tracks, Racing Glaciers quickly burst on to the scene with their track ‘First Light’, which featured on the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction movie and won the band widespread radio support. Ahead of their album release, the band released the single ‘Patient Man’, which garnered attention from online tastemakers such as Clash and Euphoria Magazine. With a truly atmospheric sound world, a powerfully raw vocal delivery from lead singer Tim Monaghan, a complex percussive patterns from drummer Matt Welch, this album looks set to be the soundtrack of the summer here at Killing Moon. We particularly recommend ‘Naked We Rise’, a emotional slow-burner that reaches a  satisfying peak in its last bars, and ‘Sertraline’, which was also featured on Killing Moon’s ‘New Moons: Volume VI’ compilation album.Location: Macclesfield, England, UK
Album release: August 5th 2016
Record Label: Killing Moon Records
Genre: Post~Rock, Indie, Alternative
Duration:     46:25
01. High Love      4:48
02. Seems Like a Good Time      3:35
03. Nag Champa      1:20
04. Caught in the Strange      3:25
05. Sertraline      4:25
06. Naked We Rise      4:16
07. Carry It On      4:59
08. Patient Man      4:56
09. Hey Man, What’s the Rush      2:58
10. Samadhi (So Far Away)      5:11
11. Young & Unsure      6:37
♦»  Tim Monaghan  Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards 
♦»  Danny Thorpe  Guitar, Backing Vocals 
♦»  Matt Scheepers  Trumpet, Bass, Backing Vocals
♦»  Simon John Anderson  Guitar
♦»  Matt Welch  Drums, Percussion
Description & Review:
Author: debjay
Composition:    ***½
Lasting Appeal:     ***½
Lyrics:    ****
Production:    ****
User ratings: 5 (2 votes)
Resumé: Racing Glaciers’ Caught In The Strange is a remarkable debut from a band that refuses to be pigeonholed.♦»  The album kicks off with atmospheric midtempo track High Love, a song that sets the tone for the next 47 minutes. The Bowie–esque single Seems Like A Good Time follows quickly on its heels marking one of the album standout tracks.
♦»  After the album is off to such a great start, it slightly dips in quality. The title track meanders with distorted vocals and the album’s overall pace is held back by recurring (filler) instrumentals (Nag Champa, Hey Man, What’s The Rush?).
♦»  Setraline and Carry It On flirt with Racing Glaciers’ folk roots and showcase their ability to compose intricate and sophisticated songs. The recently released eery Patient Man marks another standout track. Samadhi (So Far Away), a state of meditative consciousness in Buddhism and Hinduism, constitutes the albums final highlight with shoegaze guitars and a dazzling crescendo which Racing Glaciers have always been great at (Animal, First Light).
♦»  On Caught In The Strange, Racing Glaciers occasionally seem to be caught in their own ambition. The dreamy Naked We Rise, for instance, feels somewhat overblown towards the end. On the 6 1/2 minute runtime closer Young & Unsure, on the other hand, that big crescendo you’d be expecting never quite kicks in.
♦»  Despite its flaws, the production and instrumentation on Caught In The Strange — achieved by utilising all the instruments displayed in the above press photo — are amazing and do Racing Glacier’s vast and cinematic soundscapes justice. The lyrics are mostly poetic and whimsical befitting the overall dark mood of the album.
♦»  With a vide array of influences ranging from Bowie, to Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Racing Glaciers create a sound that is very much their own and are a far cry from being your average rock radio band. Caught In The Strange is a remarkable debut from a band that refuses to be pigeonholed. ♦»  http://www.indieisnotagenre.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/racingglaciers?lang=cs
Bandcamp: https://racingglaciers.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/racing-glaciers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RacingGlaciers
Euphoria Magazine: http://www.euphoriazine.com/blog/2016/07/tracks-patient-man/
Clash Music: http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-racing-glaciers-patient-man

Racing Glaciers — Caught in the Strange (August 5th 2016)


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