ALBUM REVIEW: Hayden Thorpe – Diviner | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 24.05.19






When Wild Beasts called it a day it was clear that they were quitting while they were ahead; 2016’s Boy King suggested the band had lost sight of what had made them so brilliant for so long. Diviner feels like a gesture of reconciliation in some way; Hayden Thorpe revisits the lush, plaintive instrumentation that defined Smother.

Love Crimes has a sense of self-awareness consistent with Thorpe’s work. His voice, like caramel, is the real centrepiece of this gorgeous record, and is the real thread pulling together the fairly minimal, plaintive instrumentation, which is in parts low key to the point of feeling meandering and directionless. Still, it’s a powerfully emotive record from a very special artist and very deserving of your time.


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