ALBUM REVIEW: Modern Studies – The Weight of the Sun | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Fire Records

Released: 08.05.20







Scotland-via-Lancashire psychedelic folk rock quartet Modern Studies serve up storm tossed tales of love, life and loss on this their third long player.

It is nurture out in nature interweaving instrumentation with the sun, stars, tides and seasons. Lyrically luscious, at the heart of the matter is the strange chemistry between shimmering folky phrasing of Emily Scott and the more brittle, angular, husky voice of fellow songwriter Rob St John. Add to the blend the sweeping arrangements above and beyond sometimes craggy bass and rippling rolls of percussion. This is in parts mystic, cerebral, atmospheric and cosmic, but above all a joyous and sumptuous celebration. The sun shines through on this beautiful album.


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