This band has me some kind of addicted. I’m on a two listen a day pace for this album and I don’t see that letting up anytime soon.
I aimlessly stumbled upon The Magnetic North and was instantly mesmerized by the dynamic reach exhibited through their sound. The symphonic aura that builds and cascades throughout is met with staunchly unpredictable twists in direction that blew me off my feet. Well, I was likely already seated, but let’s just say that would be the safer way to listen to this beautiful compilation.
Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North is painstakingly etched with haunting melodies that paint a mood of mystery and wonderment. The namesake for the album is inspired by the homeland of the band, the Orkney Islands of northern Scotland. Having almost zero geological knowledge of Orkney, I have to assume it is a majestic and unpredictable land, fraught with a frightening beauty.
As far as headphone candy goes, there are few recent releases that will top this album. Might I add that Hannah Peel puts my anxiety at ease with her heavenly soft voice. As always, I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. The Magnetic North’s sophomore album is out now via UK’s Full Time Hobby records.