Review by Tom Coombs
The début album 'Byzantium' is due to be released this summer but before this, the North Wales dream pop band are releasing their first single off the album 'Voices'.
The Ethereal trio are Marc Joy (guitar), who heads up the band after producing other artists before wanting to create his own artistic vision, he is joined by Mandy Clare (vocals) and John Bryan (bass). 'Voices' also features Mal Holmes of 'OMD' and Rebecca Palin of 'Golden Fire'.
'Voices' is a track that is full of deep bass, dream like vocals and sounds that pull you through a chilled out world of dreams and wonder. Dream pop is something that is hitting your ears from all over the place, it is more artistic vision than many types of music and makes you listen to every hook and tone from start to finish.
The vocals of Mandy Clare are outstanding, their airy distorted feel will put hairs up on your arms and send a chill down the spine. The heavy bass line and high noted backing brings everything together to make a phenomenal sound which is unique in every way. I do feel this is the start of a much bigger sound and even though this is really nice sounding track and the musicality within is outstanding this could be much more and I hope the album has built on this.
'Voices' was released on the 11th of May on Ear to Ear Records. This is a great sounded artistic single and if this is anything to go by, the album will grow on this one track and send you to a dream pop ethereal world.
3 Stars - Ethereal dreams wrapped in a cocoon of guitars, bass, drums and vocals.