ALBUM REVIEW: 2:54 – The Other I | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Bella Union

Released: 10.11.14

4/5

Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow (aka, 2:54) enjoy wallowing in epic shoegaze and nowhere is this more apparent than on opening track Orion. It’s a record that for the most part stays within its own comfort zone of combining fuzzy guitar riffs and pounding drums with Thurlow’s majestic voice. Occasionally the album steers away from this scuzzy cloud to insert synths (as on Blindfold) and the song structures sometimes resemble some of Tori Amos’ earliest work (particularly on Sleepwalker). The most sensitive moment on the album comes in the form of Tender Shoots, a sub-two minute track that features Thurlow’s looped voice over an organ. It proves to be the most majestic moment of an LP that isn’t short of thrills.

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