Midas Fall
Evaporate


4.0
excellent

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
April 26th, 2018 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A passionate post rock record with ambient leanings...

I had the pleasure to see this Scottish duo live last fall and I was blown away by the beauty of their music. There's an uneasy feeling haunting their work, yet the serene voice of Elisabeth Heaton offers a contrasting soothing tone. Midas Fall play a cinematic mix of electronica-infused post-rock with alternative/indie rock, trip hop and classical touches. The band's latest LP, Evaporate makes for an eerie journey, most suitable for late nights listens. There are powerful tunes that emphasize on loud beats, topped by piano leads as well as effects-soaked guitar layering. The latter often becomes a focal aspect, as it frequently shape shifts or adds considerably to the desired moods. For example, 'Bruise Pusher' & the title tack follow this formula, however, they jump from grandiose structures to wonderful, sparse motifs during which the vocals are crushingly touching. Meanwhile, 'Soveraine' builds from tensed guitar lines (enhanced by E-Bow and fade-ins), until melancholic keyboards plus tom-heavy percussion take over. The front woman's delivery is one of her finest so far, creating an amazing atmosphere. It's admirable how much can she add with her voice alone.

Halfway through Evaporate, the songs tend to get slightly toned down, all boasting the same tender approach. 'Sword to Shield' uses a synthesized bass alongside piano chords as the foundation. About two minutes in, the tune benefits from airy, pounding drums, plus some sweet guitar leads. 'Dust and Bone' amplifies the uncanny feeling the record bears, still the duo can't help but throw in some melodic moments too. The hazy delivery focuses on low end sounds and tribal-like percussion. Towards the end, a set of strings make their way through the harsher sound scapes, creating a great coda altogether. As the glacial, acoustic ditty, 'Awake' calms things down, we're transported into the LP's final stretch, where the dreamy 'In Sunny Landscapes' gradually unfolds its reverbed layers. There's also more room left here for the instruments to shine, which is nice actually. Even though there's no sonic overcrowding, Midas Fall tend to slip into this exhausting trap by not knowing when to ease things a little. It's like the clouds above your head never really clear. The lounge leanings of 'Lapsing' turn into a brooding soundtrack for what could've been a thriller movie. The wandering piano does its magic, still the bass tone would've benefited from less synthetic settings. Moreover, the Depeche Mode-esque closer, 'Howling at the Clouds' brings everything to the same chilly vibe we experienced at the start. Again, you get that feeling as if there's still something wrong, yet you can't pinpoint it.

Nevertheless, Midas Fall crafted a strong album that keeps you intrigued all the way, although it tends to get a bit lost in the hazy atmosphere it evokes. The two members do their jobs really well on guitar and vocals, each sharing memorable performances with constant highlights. Have some patience and listen to Evaporate a few times from start to finish in a right setting. It's beautiful.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2018


4595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a really nice record that should get more exposure. God Is an Astronaut will steal the spotlight this week for sure.



'Evaporate' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0BnZ_rO-R4

'Glue' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEyYSLZEAa0



Full album stream - http://soundcloud.com/midasfall/sets/evaporate

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Ecnalzen
April 26th 2018


7290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh cool, I will give this a go. I have only have heard Wilderness from them. Love her voice.

LunaticSoul
April 26th 2018


1024 Comments


will check

ComeToDaddy
April 26th 2018


1726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stoked to hear it's good, can't wait to spin this

Gyromania
April 26th 2018


25807 Comments


Their last album was excellent. Great stuff insomniac.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2018


4595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listened to the last album, but I will. Thanks!

sizeofanocean
April 27th 2018


631 Comments


I fucking hate Soundcloud, it's like the most unintuitive platform ever. Why are they not on Bandcamp?

BlindHouse
April 27th 2018


141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening now, this lady's vocals are incredible. They cut right into your soul.

Dewinged
April 27th 2018


11085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Post rock with lady vocals, tailored cut for me. Tx for the heads up Raul.

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BenThatsMyJamin
April 27th 2018


1968 Comments


This is great, reminds me of a female Lights Out Asia, who are one of my favourite post-rock bands

Hopelust
April 27th 2018


3090 Comments


Any relation to Audrey Fall?

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DarkNoctus
April 27th 2018


10469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i enjoyed this a lot

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ProjectFreak
April 27th 2018


2982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just started listening. 2:00 in Bruise Pusher is absolutely sublime.

Durrzo
April 27th 2018


1591 Comments


"Any relation to Audrey Fall?"

Man I want new material from those guys so badly.

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TheSpaceMan
April 28th 2018


11433 Comments


excellent review, i normally cannot stomach post-rock but a female voice with trip-hop leanings? maybe...

zaruyache
April 28th 2018


19558 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

keep forgetting this band was working on stuff.

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Hopelust
April 28th 2018


3090 Comments


"Man I want new material from those guys so badly."

Ditto.


Asura14
April 30th 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now, had never heard of them but so far really digging it.



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Confessed2005
May 6th 2018


4497 Comments


Never heard of these guys but this sounds like it will be worth checking out.

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ProjectFreak
May 15th 2018


2982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the melody in Dust and Bone's verses is weirdly similar to a slowed-down Don't Stand So Close to Me and I can't unhear it



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