Monday, 30 October 2017

Single: Names - Limb By Limb

Names Limb by Limb

Names - Limb By Limb

Info: 'Limb by Limb' by Pembrokeshire-based duo Names is the follow up single to ‘Backs Turned’, a song that has already been included in BBC Introducing Wales list of songs of 2017. It was also described by 'From the Margins' as a "wintry soundscape with all the fluency, space and atmosphere of Mogwai's Les Revenants soundtrack". 

'Limb by Limb' musically and lyrically perfectly depict the contrasting moments of clarity and internal isolation one feels holding on to a dying relationship. The sense of calm in the release, yet claustrophobic panic of the unknown. As with Talk Talk’s majestic 'Spirit of Eden', Names are quickly becoming masters of the intimate, unseen but deeply felt moments we share. Their music explodes on to a cinematic canvas full of flowing chords and echoey melodies. 

Welsh duo Names' latest single which was released earlier this month is certainly a refreshing addition to the indie-pop music being released right now by their peers. The hypnotic and enchanting motion of both piano and percussion give a lackadaisical mechanical rhythm and beat which underpins singer and pianist Ioan Hazell's celestial vocal. Whilst the sound is wholesome and vibrant where required, it also has a pleasantly calming effect on the listener. Most importantly though, Names are carving out a style all of their own and there is a clear progression to be heard on 'Limb By Limb' since debut single 'Backs Turned'.


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