Those of you who are not familiar with Sidewalks And Skeletons are at a disservice. This UK band has been making compelling sonic cascades for nearly a decade. ‘Exorcism’ is the newest full-length addition to their catalog (courtesy of Re:Mission Entertainment) and… Well, I supposed that S&S mastermind Jake Lee puts is best himself:
"'EXORCISM' is an album that explores the frailty of human existence, and the harsh realities of the world. We all start the same way - Innocence among chaos. We are all thrust into this existence and left to find our way. And YOU have ended up HERE. So this is for you. This is your Exorcism."
Guest vocalists are featured throughout these 14 songs, with Ferngazer, Goo Munday and CASHFORGOLD lending their heavenly voices to supplement the soothing yet catchy synth lines.
The remaining tracks change gears, the track Cybercrimes is an example, so there’s never a chance for any one hook to get tiresome. And believe me, this one is LOADED with tasty hooks. ‘Euthanasia Daze’ and the title track are also examples of the diversity; the beats border on hip-hop territory at times while the ghostly vocals keep the song aloft.
There is something for everyone on this record; whether you just want to tap your foot (the song ‘Holy’) or bang your head (‘Name in Blood’). In fact, it’s very clever how the breakdowns on tracks like ‘Name in Blood’ jump genres entirely.
‘Exorcism’ is a record that defies pigeonholing and is hard to categorize. And that’s a good thing.
“SHADOW” – GOO MUNDAY
“ETERNAL REST” & “NAME IN BLOOD” – CASHFORGOLD
“INTO THE DARK” – FERNGAZER