Limited two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition includes bonus DVD. 2009 sophomore album from the British Folk/Pop outfit. The First Days Of Spring is released to coincide with their film of the same name. The album was recorded in London and New York with producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons). The film, meanwhile, was shot on location in London and Surrey, with Charlie, who has in the past shot promo videos for his band, in the director's chair. The film has an ensemble cast which includes the model Daisy Lowe, and was given its first public airing in a special presentation at Latitude Festival this July. Features the single 'Blue Skies'. Mercury.
This album is a soundtrack to heartache. The soaring strings soar upward in hope then at the peak become tinged with sadness and chords that border on chaos before resolving again. It must be listened to in its entirety, from start to finish. It tells a tale of breakup and all the phases of grief, denial and finally acceptance that go with it. The vocals are unabashed and sometimes feel flat against the lush and rich backdrop of the music, but the rawness somehow make the songs feel more genuine.
If you can admit that you sometimes like to indulge and wallow in your grief, there are few albums which indulge that feeling better.
The lyrics are deceptively simple and the orchestra takes you by surprise, but it is properly moving.
"If I'm still here hoping that one day, you may come back." Damn you, Noah & The Whale.