Band Name: Ealadha (Ireland)
Release Name: Limit Of Our Sight (EP)
Combining equal parts Anathema, The Gathering and Isis, Cork natives Ealadha present to us their debut EP Limit of our Sight. The group have been working away, perfecting their sound since their inception evolving from the original instrumental sound to the ambient post-rock they play now.
‘Hurricanes’ is simply gorgeous, it works well as an opening track due to the progressive build-up of the music from a gentle, sombre beginning with calm piano and electronics to a more explosive post-rock outro.
The band stated that the newer material was a little more experimental then the previous released singles and this is immediately obvious in ‘Heart of Mercury’. The music is rather minimal with vocalist Dom Murphy making use of distorted effects, heard similarly in Anathema’s music. I’m not a big fan of their usage here but Dom shed’s them around the half way mark so we can hear his emotional soaring notes.
‘Dive’ is a real standout track and showcases an expert use of tonal changes; from the slow and subtle verses to the beautiful ascending guitar scales. The vocals are layered and drenched in reverb giving them a distant feeling that works nicely with the atmosphere direction of the music.
Closer ‘Souls’ is another experimental number; however, I don’t feel it works as well as the previous tracks. The vocals aren’t really in line with the rest of the music, but I think that was probably intentional, and the music starts to build but fades away without any satisfactory payoff.
Ealadha are quickly becoming one of my favourite acts in the country right now, while there are some little quirks and nuances that don’t work as well as I’d hope, this is still a quality, gorgeous release from a band who aren’t afraid to take chances and forge their own path.
2. Heart Of Mercury