Few bands are quite as eclectic as White Heath, their sound consists of… well, everything, this could be down to the fact they’re a six piece band part Scottish (Edinburgh), part English (Manchester).
Throughout the record they hint upon strong jazz and R’n’B influences however the most accurate genre term you can possibly label them with would be somewhere between ambient and lounge music with an alternative twist, its almost impossible to define a single unifying influence between the band.
Opening track ‘Maker’ has incomprehensible vocals, but in the context of the slow build up of the track they add atmosphere and tension until the burst of crescendo as trumpets, guitars and whatever else they have in their collection of instruments joins in.
‘Election Day’ is much the same, with an ominous string section hooking over the top of the track, joined by trumpets and the sing-a-long worthy like “I will follow you right back down, right back down”.
The end of the track finds vocals on their own, giving full attention to a unique voice. ‘GG’ is by far the most radio friendly of all tracks on the record, similar in a way to Jason Mraz, but in the best possible way.
It’s a song about a break up that remains optimistic while retaining all the heartbreak of the situation.
The next song to catch attention is lead single ‘7:38am’ sounding alike to Death Cab For Cutie, tip-toeing the balance of being pop while in no way mainstream.
‘When the Watchmen Leaves Their Stations’ is a nod towards a Tim Burton soundtrack, I find myself urging them to burst into ‘This is Halloween’ mid-way.
The record is in no way a collection of singles but as an album it is smooth textured and layered with as mainy soundscapes as you could desire with a drum machine even surfacing on ‘Past The Satellites, Into the Fray’.
It ends in the way it began, with ‘So’ going full circle back to a quiet build up with inaudible vocals, there is possibly even a slight break through of classical influences with the piano as the album fades out leaving you wondering if White Heath’s sound is an intentional construction, or something a group of friends stumbled upon through each other.
Words: Ryan Sharpe (@ryn_sh)