Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Review: Kissin' Black - Heart Over Head

With their debut Heart Over Head, Swiss rockers Kissin' Black combine elements of Goth, blues and alternative rock. Electric and acoustic guitars are dynamically layered to create complex southern grooves, resulting in something that sounds like a Gothic Nirvana from the deep south.

The second track 'Borderline' has a slightly melancholic feel about it, which is aided by the emotive vocals and descending bass-line. This is echoed by the highly melodic heart-pulling guitars. The next track 'Ella-Marline' follows through on the same dusty path, and like the soundtrack to a film paints the picture of tragedy in the American west.

Everything flows extremely well. Each track represents a scene, while altogether the album makes a film. Each note is like a grain of sand in the vast desert that surrounds, and with each chord another pixel in the picture is painted. Before you know it you're beneath the baking sun with nobody for miles but the ghostly shadows of the desert.

Repetitive hypnotic melodies give the music a psychedelic feel at times inducing a trance-like state, while the dual layered vocals intertwine enhancing that effect. 'How It Ends' and 'Fiore' mirror the atmosphere of the southern Gothic genre, immersing you in the swamps of New Orleans surrounded by mystery, folklore and the supernatural.

Highly melodic and executed with confidence, with Heart Over Head the band have created a sound that tells a story on its own, one that totally immerses the listener. This is one of the best albums I've reviewed this year, and it probably still will be by the end of it. Kissin' Black are certainly going places. 9/10