Savaging Spires debut album released Nov 21st
Enchanting from the off, Savaging Spires Eponymous debut is set to become a real cult classic, crossing secret paths between pastoral psych collaging and knowingly meticulous folk composition in the flicker of a hare's whisker. Broadly split between standalone songs and sound-collaging passages, the ensemble glide seamlessly through the pagan eeriness of The Wicker Man soundtrack, Espers' druggy bucolic edginess, the underrated invention of Tyrannosaurus Rex's Unicorn and the affectionate irreverence of Can's 'Ethnological Forgery Series' pieces.
Rendered with harmonious yet freewheeling boy-girl vocal interlacing and more diverse acoustic instrumentation than one might trip over backstage at the Green Man Festival, the tracks shrewdly straddle the line between the shambolic looseness and meticulous craftsmanship with knowing but captivating flair. 'Bending the Rules of Time' immediately transports us with whistles, strings and those soon-to-be-familiar choral vocals. A kind of work song for the dead, it is a brief and wonderfully melodic songdream. In fact none of these pieces outstay their welcome, allowing us to feel as though we just happened to grasp them for a moment: music at once spontaneous and eternal.
Critical acclaim for the band has been nothing short of remarkable, giving the album instant underground status. Reviews include…
"Recalling the glory days of pastoral psychedelia"
"Enchanting from the off, their eponymous debut is set to become a real cult classic"
"this eponymous debut from Savaging Spires has ‘cult hit’ written through it like a stick of Blackpool Rock"
"Savaging Spires is a rather astonishing debut to have arrived out of nowhere; the band's unique and bewitching sound drawing the listener in with every nuanced sound"
"one of the most charming pieces of pop I’ve heard in a while"
NORMAN RECORDS (5/5)