It’s not often I’ll take on a review of an album that doesn’t satisfy my heavier music cravings, but when I was offered the opportunity to take on London’s ‘In Search of Sun’ I’d already heard, and become a little bit addicted to their first single.
Formerly known as Driven, the recent name change came about as the band felt it reflected their growth and constant development as musicians (and I’m sure it does no harm in terms of Google searches) and whilst I have to admit to not really relating to the new name initially, after immersing myself in their latest album it feels like the perfect choice.
First Play: The opening track ‘The World is Yours’ imposed an instant freshness and positivity that I engaged with immediately, and as the album progressed I found myself reminded of early Faith No More for the uplifting and moreish quality of their songs. The production has a deliciously clear and vibrant feel; blending warm dry bass-lines with crisp guitar riffs and staccato percussive arrangements, and often takes on an almost live feel with rich splashy cymbals and resonating, languishing vocals harmonies.
What I really enjoyed about this album is the band’s willingness to avoid clichés and just let the songs go on a journey. The track ‘Skin’ is a great example of this, with a picked guitar intro accompanied by harmonica the song lulls you in to warm place with Stone Sour flavoured vocals, before building you up with chopping riffs, through to powerful, double kick solos more in tune with Dragonforce towards the end… but, and here’s the win; it never loses its thread and never feels borrowed. The album has that positive, uplifting vibe throughout, with all its diversity kept legible through a consonance of fantastic production and confident, eloquent songwriting.
The album has that positive, uplifting vibe throughout, with all its diversity kept legible through a consonance of fantastic production and confident, eloquent songwriting.