West of House embark upon a cryptic late 80s alternative rock kick with the powerful “Crescendo of Silence”. Everything about the album has a gentle grace to it. Guitars soar up into the sky with a woozy, dreamy disposition. Rhythms always seem to have a driving, anthemic pulse to them helping to propel the entirety of the sound forward. By far though the true center of the album, its heart and soul, comes from the fire and passion of the lyricism. Vocals carefully weight each verse for maximum impact. Quite impressive storytellers, narratives emerge over the course of the album, with each track a chapter in a greater novel.
They embrace sly grooves and spacious atmospherics throughout the whole of the journey. In terms of their sheer consistency of their message, they draw heavily from the gothic undertones of The Cure. Beyond this, their forays into arena rock recalls U2 at their height of their powers in the 80s. On the more indie side of things, their clever tact at times draws from a tender version of the Jesus and Mary Chain. Full of so much energy, there is a certain giddiness that runs through all of “Crescendo of Silence” for the reassuring auras are undeniably strong.
Nowhere do they display their pop bona fides more than on the poignant opener “Yesterdays” where they let the evolution of the groove become nearly mystical. With “Carry Your Dreams” West of House touches upon the bliss of U2’s yearning ballad “With or Without You”. Volume is a definite must on the intense “Denmark Calling”. Woozy with a blurred sense of beauty “Chasing After Memories” is coated with so much yellowed nostalgia. Infectious to its very essence “Moving Shadows” proves to be the highlight of the album, featuring urgent riffs and commanding vocals leading the way.
A stylistic detour appears on the electro-industrial workouts of “Holy Ghosted” incorporating a bit of sleaze into the proceedings. “Turn Of Phrase” strips the sound to the essentials while it offers a somber procession. “Fallen” features some gorgeous melodies, both from the woven guitars to the soothing, reassuring vocals that take shape. “Echoes Down The Road” goes for a hauntingly gorgeous cinematic flair. Classically inclined “Voyeuristic Symphony” ends things on an epic scope, with a truly heavenly piece bringing it all to a close.
“Crescendo of Silence” reveals West of House to be purveyors of a tasteful, timeless sort of pop, thought-provoking and powerful.
The album drops on September 4th!