Come and get Lost Under Heaven…..
Cast your mind back to last year, and we introduced you to Manchester based duo, Lost Under Heaven. A duo consisting of Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn, they first appeared in 2016 with their debut album, Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing. This year has seen the release of their new album, Love Hates What You Become. So what’s it like?
The first song on the album is Come. Roberts certainly lets rip on this one, with the industrial synth very apparent. As is the vocal duty of Hoorn too, the ying to the yang if you will. Second song is Bunny’s Blues. Hoorn takes vocal control on this one, and sounding terrific as she layers her voice over a quiet guitar until the chorus kicks in. Giving the tempo a kick up the arse.
Third track is The Breath Of Light. Roberts lends his voice to the main vocal this time, and it’s raw emotion on this particular one. Quiet, subdued, and very impressive. A song that he and Hoorn could just sing acapella and it would still sound terrific, they combine so well. Most High is track four, and is another slow number. Roberts rasps his way through the verses, before Hoorn joins him to give added vocal support. Another song that works so well with them in harmony.
Half way point of the album is Black Sun Rising. Hoorn is on main vocal duties again, and this is a slow, yet tranquil, number. She does have a touch of Kim Deal about her, as you can hear in this song. Sometimes just a guitar and a healthy set of vocal chords is all you need, no matter how dark the subject matter. Title track of the album is Love Hates What You Become. Roberts goes a bit Tom Waits for a while on this one, whilst Hoorn bats the answers back to him as he growls the questions to her. A dark, yet compelling, song about love.
Track seven is Serenity Says. The sounds of calm, if you will. Roberts plasters his distinctive voice on this song, a very industrial sounding song at that. The drums taking the musical centre stage of this one, and they sound great. Eighth song in is Savage Messiah. And the darkest song of the album. There’s a Nine Inch Nails feel throughout and that is what is so good about it.
The penultimate track on the album is Post-Millennial Tension. Just the synth sounds and duel vocals which have been the focal point of this album. Roberts and Hoorn once again teaming up to great effect, and lending a voice for the new generation. For The Wild is the album closer, and closes it perfectly. One of the more quicker songs as well, and one that will be sung by the many at the live gigs.
Lost Under Heaven may have only been around for 3 years but Love Hates What You Become makes a great impression. Lots of albums will be made about what’s going on around us, but I doubt a lot will sound like this. This is a terrific album from a duo packed with talent and a story to tell. Great stuff.
The album, Love Hates What You Become,by Lost Under Heaven is available now on all formats on the Mute label