Debut album by Himmel “A Long Cold Winter” (Long Gone Days Records) is an impressive collection of dreamy sounding instrumentals and collaborations with different vocalists. The first single “Reverie” features operatic vocals of Aurora Sebastiani, which lifts the track to majestic heights over rolling layers of guitar and synths. “Promises” is a downbeat track with a dynamic prog rock feel featuring R&B sounding vocals by Mak Others. “Give Me Life” is a more layered track featuring Lola de Hanna’s vocals. The instrumental “Magneto” features a prominent synth in place of vocals, which builds to a nearly danceable beat.
Millie Gaum’s vocals on “The Dark” are very distinctive and the song and lyrics are pretty memorable. “Shatter” features Luca Bluefire’s vocals on a slower track with a wide range of beats and layers of instrumentation. Bouncy synths open the track “Blackest Hearts,” which features spoken word by Jason Bradley. It’s the longest track with the most varied in sounds and dynamic contrasts. The louder drums and layered vocals end in a clash of drums and guitars. Closing instrumental “Snow Glitters” is a short minimalist track which leaves you with a slightly melancholic feeling.
Listen if you like: Ulrich Schnuass, A Shoreline Dream, VAST, or Porcupine Tree.
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