Adore//Repel – Empty Orchestra

Posted by vibrations on 04-07-17

Helping to maintain the shoegaze revival are Dewsbury based quartet Adore/Repel, their 9-track debut ‘Empty Orchestra’, recorded in both Leeds and Bradford and released on Shove it up your Cult records, plants the band’s eight feet firmly within this oeuvre, probably obscured by dry ice if the truth be told. 

Twin guitarist/vocalists James and Daniel Brown have created a bunch of haunting melodies wrapped around taut yet very occasional vocals, underpinned by a driving rhythm section comprising Bob Johnson (bass) and Anthony Wagstaff (drums).

All too brief opener simply titled ‘Intro’ sets the scene with austere strings ploughing an almost lone furrow before the furious twin guitar assault of ‘Months Ago’ kick starts things properly. ‘Sticks in the Crow’ and ‘Jim Helwig’ steadily wind things up, again helped by screeching vocal, whilst the dreamily backwards sounding “//” (double slash?) serves as a welcome interlude from the sonic assault of the opening three tracks.

‘Secret Road Part II’ is a song of two halves, the latter half building into a searing anthem with a desperate sounding voice, left entirely alone at the end.

Penultimate track ‘Orca’ opens with the rhythm section for once taking up the reins and leading to an interesting and almost danceable denouement, before the more upbeat instrumental title track completes this relatively pleasing long player.

Mike Price

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