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HER NAME IS CALLA

Post Rock/Math rock • United Kingdom


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HER NAME IS CALLA is an English Post-Rock group who uses soft/loud dynamics, their music sometimes being soft and atmospheric while other times having loud crescendos. They desribe themselves as a Post-Rock band striving to make music that reaches the listener's emotional core. They attempt to bring new life to Post-Rock by using instruments not common to the genre and new ways of writing and performing it.

Their first album called The Heritage was released in 2008. The follow-up The Quiet Lamb was released in 2010. In 2011 they released an EP entitled Maw. The members are: Thomas Corah - vocals, synths, trombone, piano / Tom Morris - vocals, guitars, piano, organ, banjo / Adam Weikert - drums, piano, banjo, synths, guitar, mandolin, theremin, vocals, organ / Sophie Green - violin, vocals & Michael Love - bass, vocals.

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NavigatorNavigator
Function Records 2014
Audio CD$9.51
$17.40 (used)
HeritageHeritage
1-2-3-4 GO 2012
Audio CD$18.54
$11.99 (used)
Navigator by Her Name Is Calla [Music CD]Navigator by Her Name Is Calla [Music CD]
Function Records
Audio CD$34.80
Quiet LambQuiet Lamb
Denovali Records 2012
Audio CD$17.79
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  • StrangeForms 2015 on 4 Apr 2015
  • Her Name Is Calla: Performing 'The Heritage' on 2 Jul 2015
  • Her Name Is Calla: Performing 'The Quiet Lamb' on 3 Jul 2015
  • Her Name Is Calla: Performing 'Navigator' on 4 Jul 2015

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4.25 | 8 ratings
The Heritage
2008
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Quiet Lamb
2010
4.25 | 4 ratings
Navigator
2014

HER NAME IS CALLA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Live at Denovali Swingfest 2010
2010

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HER NAME IS CALLA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Kinship : The Full Cycle
2012

HER NAME IS CALLA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.14 | 3 ratings
Long Grass
2010
2.14 | 2 ratings
Hideous Box
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
A Moment Of Clarity
2011
3.10 | 2 ratings
Maw
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Birds Of Chernobyl Tour Single
2011

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 Long Grass by HER NAME IS CALLA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.14 | 3 ratings

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Long Grass
Her Name Is Calla Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars If I am not wrong, Long Grass is the first Her Name is Calla EP, released back in 2010 which means the introduction of this nice mellow band. This release consists of three songs that make a total time of 14 minutes, where one can listen to the band's first steps and the inherent melancholic, soft sound that produces hints of post rock. Nice music for quiet and relaxing moments, but even for sad ones.

It opens with "Long Grass", a nice acoustic guitar-piano-voice composition in which the singer adds a delicious disarming flavor. What I like of this song is that in moments all of a sudden they add strings that produce different nuances, making it much more interesting. The last two minutes are more emotional, I really like them. The following track is "A Sleeper", which is very different from the first one. Here we can hear people clapping and singing in group, it is like an indie joyful track, whose vocal part might remind you of some old post rock themes. The late addition of strings makes it a better piece as well.

Finally "The White and the Skin". This is another short and melancholic piece where acoustic guitar leads and male voice accompanies. What I like from it is that the intensity is increasing and also decreasing while the seconds pass, it is full of changes, but with a clear structure. The 3 tracks of this EP are pretty nice, they talk about the kind of music Her Name is Calla provides, though in the upcoming releases their direction might have changed. I invite you to listen to them in Bandcamp, you will have a nice time. My final grade, 2 stars, just a short EP.

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 Maw by HER NAME IS CALLA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Maw
Her Name Is Calla Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars I remember some two or three years ago I was attracted by this band's name and subscribed to their newsletter, besides visiting their sites where one can listen / download their music. They are a nice band in the post rock vein, but now I've realized their sound is not plain and not the same in all the releases, they change and implement new sounds that might be attractive for different audiences.

And though it is always great to start listening to a band with a studio album, sometimes it is nice to give a spin to the EPs or singles that were previously released. In this case, "Maw" is a 3-song release with two short tracks and one longer. It was released in 2011 and you can listen to it through their Bandcamp.

The first track is "Maw" and I will be honest, the guitar sound reminded me a lot of Radiohead, in particular to the "Optimistic" song. The rhythm might be alike, but anyway the sound is not the same. After one minute and a half the music makes an explosion, more intensity is given to the listener. So actually the sound in this track is not that post- rockish after all. "The Beat that my Heart Skipped" really contrasts with the starter track. The sound is much softer, like an indie ballad. The voice is nice but I admit is not really memorable, and musically the song is good, with a Talk Talk meets Bark Pyschosis feeling in some moments.

The last and longest track is "Dreamland" with almost 12 minutes of interesting music that slowly starts but is never boring. The different textures created by the instruments, along with the voice, produce a kind of somber but at the same time bright atmosphere. After two minutes the mood changes and tension can be perceived. Later it starts again with some distant sounds, it is like the motion picture soundtrack of an old film. Later vocals reappear and the atmosphere is much more emotional, I really like it. Minutes later the song returns to its original form, with acoustic guitar, a nice melodic voice and a soft sound. Very nice composition!

In three songs we could hear 3 different faces of Her Name is Calla, here I'll stay with the latter. My final grade will be 3 stars.

Enjoy it!

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 Hideous Box by HER NAME IS CALLA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.14 | 2 ratings

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Hideous Box
Her Name Is Calla Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars Some nice tracks!

I was attracted by the name of the band, so without knowing their history and their music, I went to their bandcamp site and download this single along with a live album; both are for free. What I found here in "Hideous Box" were three tracks of soft post rock, with classical and ethereal roots. Here we can have twelve minutes of music, only a slice of their work.

"Hideous Box" is also the name of the first track. It has a soft but dark atmosphere created by vocals, drums and strings. The cymbals never cease, but there are moments where the music is even calmer, but again, with that inherent dark atmosphere. After three minutes a trumpet appears, and later keyboards making a background. You need to be in the mood to receive this track, otherwise you may get bored. I liked it.

"With Eyes So Full of Sparks of Love" is a short track with only 1:33 minute length. Acoustic guitar and male vocals in the first moment; later piano appears in a delicate way and complements the piece. "The Good Book" is the longest of this single and the one that finishes it. This one is the most alike to older and classic post rock acts such as A Silver Mt. Zion, or even Rachel's. It is slow, beautifully sorrowful, with fantastic piano notes. An atmosphere is created and later some whispers appear, these things can be better appreciated with good headphones.

The music is good without a doubt, it is only a taste of Her Name is Calla, however, it is always better to listen to full-length albums, something I must do right away with them. Meanwhile, as I use, I will rate this single with two stars.

Enjoy it!

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