By The Strange Death of Liberal England
'Rising Sea' is an arresting song, boldly throwing together indie-rock sensibilities with shrieking keys and euphoric bells, and rounding the whole thing off with frontman Adam Woolway's skewhiff vocals. The chorus is a nail-bomb of quirky hooks, as Woolway's voice spikes to a sudden peak against a fanfare of keys and horns. You'll be singing this unique indie-rock anthem in no time.
'Winter' puts the focus firmly on Woolway's raggedy vocals, which are cleverly accentuated by a backing female vocalist. The music is initially restricted to a simple patter of acoustic guitar, which keeps the spotlight firmly on the vocal performance, although a string section increasingly make their presence felt as 'Winter' progresses. 'Winter' does lose some of its power to mesmerise when it goes for the dramatic finale: the sharper vocals and shrieking strings jar you completely out of the mood but, for the first few minutes at least, 'Winter' will hold you riveted.
Expect to be eagerly awaiting The Strange Death of Liberal England's 'Drown Your Heart Again' album, after hearing this single.