The Spell - Cellar Darling

Less is more

Now have Cellar Darling learned to write heavy music. Then they just have to learn: "less is more". The Spell has 13 songs, and they are all relatively long and, unfortunately, also relatively the same. The most exciting songs are the ones where something happens unusual, in that there is screwed up for fløjtegøgl and hurdy-gurdy. But unfortunately, that is not it, there is most of. All in all, is The Spell an okay release, but again, had they had less of a focus on to write an epic, as no one is going to listen to, and spent more time on the music, so had the outcome may have been better

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It has been two years since I last sat down with an album from the swiss Cellar Darling. At that time there was talk about their debut, namely This is the Sound, which I have chosen to give eight skulls. It was an enjoyable listen, and I will even go so far as to call it a quite nice listen, for there was no doubt that it was a perfectly genuine, albeit harmless, debut delivered by highly competent musicians. Therefore, I was a little excited to hear whether there had been a development, or whether we still found ourselves in the cosy eventyrhjørne, where there was more focus on storytelling than the music.

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Lead singer and bandleader Anne Murphy is perhaps still most known for at the time, she was a member of Eluveitie, where she proved that she really can sing, and she mastered it glorious instrument hurdy-gurdyen. There is a greater focus on distorted and toned down the guitars than before, and it fits the album. The contrast created between her velvety voice and the relatively heavy instruments is actually quite effective and good, but if you sit and expect to be blown backwards of the Cellar Darling, so are you a little disappointed, despite the fact The Spell is considerably heavier than its predecessor. Similar evidence Cellar Darling, that they are still fresh to pull all sorts of mysterious instruments into the studio with the aim of producing various dream landscapes in the listener's head. As the number of "Death", where frk. Murphy suddenly gives the max throttle on a whistle at the best of Jethro Tull-style, giving the track a strange near eastern aura.

The Spell is not "just" an album, they have also made an accompanying audiobook. So the idea that Cellar Darling more are bards and bards than musicians, is not just intact but dramatically enhanced. For if one's fans and listeners are not absolutely understood, that you wanted to tell a story, yes then it may well be necessary to range them on the nose with the book to say: "Hello, fister løgsovs!". So real to see the album as both the soundtrack to, but also the deepening of the the audiobook. However, the fact that they have chosen to do it this way, also makes some demands on their listeners. For what if people do not listen to the audiobook – will the album still make sense? Go who something lost, if not people get formed a picture? The music can stand alone without the book? I don't know how much they have thought about this, but I am going to think of when Nightwish released Imaginaerum in 2013, which also was meant as an album/film project which flopped such reasonable tremendously. Is maintained, the album was excellent, but the film received little praise along the way. I'm not saying that artists should restrict themselves, I'm just saying that you need to think about it, if one chooses to dedicate his time to two projects – one runs the risk to be left with two half-results instead of one. Whatever the case is, so is the music at The Spell is still very melodic and dreamy, but story-telling or not, so they also screwed something more up for the "heavy"elements than on their debut.

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