Wednesday, 3 July 2013

ALBUM REVIEW: Planet Shhh! - Human Pyramids

Human Pyramids is the new project from multi-instrumentalist Paul Russell, who was raised in an old mining village in the central belt of Scotland but is now based on London. The debut album 'Planet Shhh!' includes a number of hand-picked musicians from around the UK including Scotland's own Jill O'Sullivan of Sparrow and the Workshop and Jenny Reeve of Strike The Colours. 

'Planet Shhh!' is a 12-track self-produced instrumental album that proves just about anything is possible. It features orchestral tracks with many a post-rock build-up making for an absolutely towering production. You will be awed by the motions and layers of sound you hear, as the songs are put together with particular care and talent. There's a chance for every contributor on this singular album to shine and its hard to pick just one highlight. 

Fourth track 'Alphabet City' made a strong impact on me, full of layers and quite a different take on orchestral tracks one might expect from an album of this nature, I was blown away by how well put together it was and how it managed to evoke such powerful emotions from the listener. I think you'll be amazed too. 

Each track on this album has its own story to tell, but effectively tracked together they also act as one large musical novel of sweeping orchestrals, monumental build-ups and deep emotions. You'd be hard-pressed to listen to this album and not be swept up in the rich textures and melodies it has in spades, and you'll be swooning from the open to the close at the beauty of this expertly crafted debut. Plus any album with a track called 'Duvet Day' is a winner in my book.

'Planet Shhh!' is released Worldwide on July 15th by Oxide Tones. You can pre-order your copy here.

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