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Look To Windward


Experimental/Post Metal

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Steve Conrad
4 stars Brooding Melodic Fire

From the Ashes of Tragedy

Andrew McCully, London-based multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, continues his LOOK TO WINDWARD studio project with an emotional tour de force, Verlossen.

"Verlossen"- to rescue, redeem, save.

Broken Hearts

Who doesn't need some rescuing, some redemption? Who among us hasn't had a broken heart? Where can we turn?

In McCully's case- heartrending, melodic, complex music-making.


In a sense this is a tune, redeemed- that is, rebuilt, resurrected from its beginnings in McCully's previous band MICROFICTION. Then reworked, redone; that is, saved.

How To Heal?

Here, working with chums Benjamin Morley and Jonathan Sawyer- shared history, shared music,- McCully addresses the tragedy within his bosom ("What could be more catastrophic?") and seeks to exorcise the darkness within him, those he loves.

The Music

Starting with an ominous, aching held lower-register note, simple atmospheric guitar enters, breathy vocals hinting at the heartbreak. Mysterious. Haunting. "I'm terrified".

There's an emotional nakedness, a vulnerability that sucks in the listener, demands a hearing. "Have a good day, despite what news may come your way..."

Then Things Get Rockier

Not only the hard-driving guitars, bass, and drums, but also the emotional terrain. Vocals get edgy at times, the friends harmonize- the basis of healing and succor.

Things Get Complex

Certainly the gutsy bass lines, the angular guitar riffs, the full-throated vocals. "Isolation calls". Climactic music, intensity, pushing into darker emotional territory- "Rescue me, help me to cry". Vocals wail and weave in and out of the emotional morass, with pained loveliness.

And Lumbers to An Uncertain End

With muted howls of guitar feedback, the song fades...does it end?

My rating: 4+ stars- emotional depth, musical richness, soulful struggle.

Steve Conrad | 4/5 |


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