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Overhead, The Albatross – L’Appel du Vide (Single)

“We have all stood at the edge of a cliff and been struck by the urge to take another step, or sat in a moving car and had the fleeting thought to open the door. We have all had that feeling. We have all felt L'appel du Vide - The Call Of The Void”

Overhead, The Albatross have basically encompassed everything about this track in what you have just read above. L’Appel du Vide is their first outing in a long while, and I gotta say, it has been very much worth the wait. Hailing from my homeland, The Emerald Isle, Overhead, The Albatross are a gem of a band, a jewel in the crown of instrumental and alternative music. Ever since Learning To Growl, back in 2016 these guys have left a void that has not been filled up to now. There is something very unique about this band, an aura and a charm about them that warms the soul and lifts the spirits.

L’Appel du Vide marks their return and it opens very patiently, with pulsing guitars and electronic percussions that get washed over with the comforting and restful strings of the violin. More electronica begins to swirl and ripple through tremolo guitars and heavenly piano keys. However when the track opens up, you are slung into the throes of a post-rock blizzard, drenched in rich, warm melodies and blissful atmospherics. Another break down in the track brings in a celestial vocal that soars and whistles through the lush wall of sound, before another grand crescendo elevates the mind and body towards the wide blue yonder.

Overhead, The Albatross are back, and they have laid down a marker that oozes class and splendour. I cannot wait to hear more from these guys, and if L’Appel du Vide is any indication of whats ahead, then we are in for a treat. Go check out their Bandcamp page and download this slab of instrumental wizardry.