Heathens – Love Songs for Insensitive People (CD Album – Shyrec / Ricco Label)

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Genre/Influences: Dream-pop, indie-pop.

Background/Info: Heathens is an Italian formation operating from Venetia. Set up in 2012 by the brothers Mattia and Lorenzo Del Pan they already released two previous albums. In the meantime the brothers have been joined by a few more musicians. This new opus has been released on Ricco (Japan) and Shyrec (Italy).

Content: The band now consists of 6 members while several extra guests joined in. The number of contributors might maybe explain the album’s diversity. From wafting electronic ballads to dream-pop to explicit electronic parts to indie-pop this album covers a wide range of influences. There’s a nice twist between guitar and electronics, which is an aspect you also find back in the few duo male-female sung songs. Most of the tracks have been sung in English, but you also will notice Italian passages.

+ + + : The songs feel like a sonic voyage. They’ve been progressively built up, creating an evasive sensation, which matches with the slow rhythm. I like the album’s diversity and the electronic treatments. “Fil Di Ferro” featuring Eugenia Galli is one of the album’s absolute highlights for being a well-crafted and accomplished piece. I also have to say a word about the impressive list of guest musicians who’ve added instruments such as a theremin, piano, trumpet, strings and also choirs.

– – – : The album’s diversity is for sure one of the main strengths, but also creating a feeling of listening to a compilation featuring different bands.

Conclusion: This album has something authentic and is an easy listening work.

Best songs: “Fill Di Ferro”, “When Morning Comes We Will Be There Without Thinking”, “Humans”.

Rate: (6½).

Artist: https://soundcloud.com/theheathens-2

Labels: www.shyrec.it / www.facebook.com/Shyrec /

www.riccolabel.com / www.facebook.com/riccolabel.jp

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