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Whispering Sons – “Image” Album Review

Today is a day for experimenting, so lets review some Belgian Post-Punk. You heard me. Whispering Sons are a 5 piece band from Brussels who blend ominous atmospheric sounds with a deep, new age drive, and they happen to be releasing their debut album in October. So without further ado, here is our review!

The debut album “Image” opens with “Stalemate”, which blends a Joy Division-esque bassline and energy with modern psych-punk. One thing that is apparent straight off the bat is that each member of this band knows their role perfectly within the song. Each element is very well balanced within the track as a whole. The bass and drums provide the distinct drive, while the mad guitar sounds whirl around with the vocals to finish the song. Second comes “Got a Light”, which is similar in regard to the bass, but the guitar evokes odd melodies that give off a foreign vibe. “Alone” follows a main riff that almost reminds me of “Monster” by The Automatic, with a little more drive, thanks to the bass. “Skin” is a slower building track that employs a fuzzy synth sound that gives the track a soundtrack-like feel. The experimental synths in this song are an immediate stand out, as they sound pretty damn cool. “No Time” is next, which is another slow builder until a melodic bassline comes in to flow around the industrial sounding drums and odd timings.

Sixth is “Fragments”, which employs yet more whirling, screeching guitar melodies along with subtle pad synths and a revolving vocal line that circles around the track until an immense guitar melody enters the fray two thirds in. “Hollow” has a percussive sounding bassline and mind bending guitars that I can barely follow. But I get the distinct impression i’m not supposed to. “Waste” is the first single from the album, having been released early on this year. This one is a slow build until it finally crescendos with a simpler bassline and whirring guitars. You can check out the lyric video for “Waste” below!

The penultimate track is “Dense”, which brings the return of the driving bass that populated the earlier songs. The fuzzy, phaser-covered guitars brings another level to the energy. The last track is called “No Image”, which is 5 minutes of pianos, low guitars and vocals until it kicks into full throttle with a carnival sounding guitar riff that completes the album.

Overall, this album is a very strong offering from Whispering Sons that showcases their talent for balanced, yet complex songwriting. Their ability to put crazy sounding guitars together with low, Ian Curtis style vocals and a driving rhythm section is pretty impressive. My personal favourite is the 4th track “Skin”, for its soundtrack-esque sounds and moods. Keep it up guys!

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