The Copenhagen quartet VOLA have announced their new album “Applause Of A Distant Crowd” will be released on October 12th via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
The band tend to offer 1970s style prog-rock sounds [ a la Pink Floyd ] combined with modern day electronica, industrial & metal varnishes. We thought their Inmazes album had : “High altitude richness and redoubtable tensile strength…”
The title “Applause Of A Distant Crowd” is a metaphor derived from a relationship with social media, and how we can appear close to one another and yet be miles (lives) apart.
Asger Mygind (vocals/guitar) explains it thus: “We spend a lot of time trying to present ourselves in a flattering light in the pursuit of continuous applause, even if it’s a distant applause from those you may not connect with away from the screens.”
We had a listen:
First track “We Are Thin Air” is durable and demanding in the first moments, but becomes totally flirtatious when it blooms into life, in a swell of waveforms and emotions. The guitars have supreme strength and the keys are extravagant. And the expressive voices are formed into layers of golden leaves that give immense value.
The pointy glow of “Ghosts” (about the fear of death) is reinforced by a chippy keyboard riff that’s one-finger simple, and yet has the kind of strength and dynamism that brings home truths beyond the truth. The voice shines like foam, a fountain of verity, and sets out across the gleaming and almost sacred tesserae of sounds with intrepid form…
The metallic title-song “Applause Of A Distant Crowd” — about someone who seeks consolation from invisible “friends” on social networks — has ribbons of quivering goodness slipping through grasping fingers. It has a clever narrative that reminds us of the developing mood and remarkable subtleness we first heard in the songs of mid-1970s Genesis who were also able to capture a moment — in the form of poetics — to formulate new sound ideas and take notions to a higher level.
This is an unusually powerful and witty album, captivating with intelligent harmonization between voice & instrument, and with contemporary rhythms plus amazing bass-tones that adapt well to classic rock guitar twinned with groovy djent-play… Epic!
Thoroughly recommended — to file alongside Porcupine Tree, Haken, Tool
Applause Of A Distant Crowd is released October 12th via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group