ALBUM REVIEW: BIG | BRAVE – Vital | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 23.04.21







If the lynchpins of BIG | BRAVE have been in place for some time – Robin Wattie and Mathieu Bell trading minimalistic, folk-informed riffs at maximum volume, allowing time for every possible textural resonance to subsume itself – the fifth album Vital stands as considered evolution played out to revolutionary effect.

The borderline telepathic interplay between the trio and the greater sense of focus within the songwriting makes for a record that demands repeat immersion. In her lyrics (as well as the astonishing interpolation of Alexander Chee’s writings in Half Breed), Wattie strikes a balance between metaphysical questioning and concrete response that echoes the band’s dynamic and rhythmic precision: in mirroring our times whilst also pushing against them defiantly, Vital is essential listening.



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