Whitemoor – Horizons
It’s rare that I will be sent an album that I can listen to over and over again; usually I overplay it so much that I begin to hate it (Me and Jack White’s Blunderbuss are only just coming to terms again!). However, with Horizons, I doubt this is going to be the case; because it is incredible.
Whitemoor are a five piece band from Derby; and a few years ago they released their self-titled debut album which really set the bar for them. It was so unique that it was hard to see where they would move on to; well a good starting point is first track ‘High Lights’. The song buzzes open, already giving an insight to the listener exactly where the whole record is going. Whitemoor consistently manage to surprise us with their cool and poppy, indie take on rock. The band manage to blow their listeners out of the water; their debut was good; really, really good; but Horizons is a belter.
‘On Top Of The World’ has a more Jurassic, tribal opening; which lays down the path to a melodic masterpiece. One thing this album guarantees is huge, anthemic choruses; and On Top Of The World is no exception. Vocalist Benny adds a rougher, grittier touch which in my opinion is what makes it so interesting; especially on ‘Embers’ where the album takes on a sound a little more electro, the vocals are what keeps it ‘Whitemoor’ and less ‘any other electro band’. ‘Embers’ is a highlight of the album because it’s so gripping and infectious.
The album continues to spiral into this mix of rampant energy and chaos; especially with ‘Run Alone’, which is a more aggressive, hard hitting track. Overall, if this whole album was a cocktail; it would have the suave, super cool looks of a Cosmopolitan, with a minty and strong taste of a Mojito. All the tracks have an initial inviting, radio friendly sound; yet still have that ‘bite’ that makes an album exceptional.
‘Don’t Hold Me Down’ starts with a gorgeous, eerie piano; then slowly glides into an ambient, chilled out track. Very fitting to calm down the listener after the pandemonium they have endured. Finisher ‘This Is…’ is very similar; a tranquil, final serenade for the listener. It’s very simple for the first 30 seconds or so and then the rest of the band come together to really create a final firework show. That’s exactly what this album is; it’s a show, a performance. With each performance though, the sound gets more extravagant and eclectic. At first we wondered where the band would head after their debut, and Horizons is everything we expected and more.
A hard copy of the album is available here and a download from here.
Review by Sian Hodkin