Sian Alice Group - 59.59
I had to listen to Sian Alice Group's debut release 59.59 a few times before I could make a true opinion of it. Now that I have, I've come to the conclusion that their music is enjoyable, but it is very repetitive and not very accessible to a large audience. If one were to classify them I'd place them within post-rock but they probably wouldn't agree. The band is full of talent in the founders of the band Rupert Clervaux, Ben Crook, and Sian Ahern. The former of the two can play multiple instruments and for the purpose of studio time are the entire band other than vocals from Ahern.
Each song starts off with great potential to be something magnificent until you realize that what you are currently listening to won't change in the slightest. I thoroughly enjoyed the start of each song and had there been a build up and climax to the songs, I believe this album could easily get 5 stars. However, there is no build up, no progression of sound, there is simply a monotonous lull of tribal sounding drum beats with monotonous guitar sounds and synth sampling. Sian Ahern sounds like she has a great singing voice but it is used more for an ambient effect in their music.
Had I not received this album for free I wouldn't have purchased it. The music could afford to be a bit more creative and needs to be built upon heavily. However, I do see this band having great success in the future after having truly found their niche. They're still a young band.
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