Sennen – Lost Harmony (Album Review)
Lost Harmony is Sennen’s third album released on the 26th of April.
Since their 2010 predecessor Age of denial, the band has had a re-jig of not only themselves, but also location moving from Norwich to the City of London.
Notable accomplishments already include tracks being featured in American series One Tree Hill and True Blood, the album also has involvement from David M Allen – the Cure’s long-term producer.
The opening track Colder sets the atmospheric mood. It instantly reminded me of Mercury Rev (coincidentally there’s a clip of Holes on their website under the heading, Things Sennen Enjoy.) with the sweet vocals and dream-like strings.
Learn to Love the dark is much smoother followed by Wasted Heart with lyrics such as “there’s a 100 different ways of wasting my heart,” reminiscent of a first brake up.
Vultures has a much more fast-paced tempo equipped with it’s repetitive rhythmic riff. This track stands out from the others perhaps due to its less passive and almost malice approach. The track does become very monotonous and almost tears me away from my previous peaceful slumber, like being interrupted from a wonderful dream. My state of mind being forced upon to change leaves me losing my initial interest.
Not Coming Back soon brings me back to a more mellow state, followed by No Love Song with its and enduring melodies and subtle shades.
St Jude offers a psychedelic mix of space travel whilst visiting a children’s amusement park. Almost looking to the future and the past, with St Jude being the Patron of Lost Causes, there’s subtle hints towards religion with lyrics such as “I’ve given my life to an invisible man.’
Our Lost History is much more pop like and stands-out – similar to Vultures in that respect. Not too dissimilar to a U2 track, it still has the spacey stargazing vibe but is probably my least favorite track.
However, saving the best till last, I watched the end with you, is a gem. Full of yearning accompanied by mellow violin strings, yet their also seems to be an uplifting euphoric twist of hope topped off.
Larry Holmes, the singer and guitarist states, ‘when you’re a band like us, who knows if this will be your last record?’
Which for myself personally made the I watched the end with you even more emotive, appreciating what we have, the sense of knowing this could be the end of a relationship, career or the world.
I would describe the albums sound as an arrangement of shoegaze meets stargaze, post-rock, indie and even a bit of alternative rock. For myself I see it as a great audio accompaniment to be making art with. Great for ambient listening in the background, as well as heart-on sleeve lyrics I can let my ears get stuck into. Although I think it doesn’t offer much for the casual listener, it begs to be listened to more in-depth. With a second listen it definitely gets better each time.
Overall, Lost Harmony is great for a depressing, but peaceful, lazy Sunday indulge. Which is ironic that it was recorded during the London riots a time of anger and disarray.