Album Review: House Above The Sun - Five Hours North
Who says that successful Americana should be stifled by the borders of its homeland, we certainly don't!
Bringing such a storied and stylish genre to our shores, House Above the Sun had a seemingly lofty task ahead of them.
However they clearly refused to be cowed, instead bringing to the table something that feels fresh and new as well as being authentic.
The album opens with the single 'Runaway Devil', an impressively catchy mix of rootsy classic rock with punchy guitar work and the lyrics to match it.
Going forward the album opens up and proves that the London four-piece are by no means limited by labels as, despite Americana already being a platform for a diverse set of sounds and emotions, this offering seems to surprise and delight at every turn.
From Albarn esque melancholic vibes to a special something indicative of The Kinks, the diverse array on offer here is staggering, and yet it is interwoven together in a way that feels like a natural journey.
In fact, the only difficulty comes from believing that the band have honed their sound in only two years, after forming in 2015, as this debut album feels like a culmination of experience and craft that many would struggle to bring together in double that time.
Respect must be given to all involved in this collective for their own subtle but distinctive contributions, however the driving force undoubtedly behind this album is the vocals provided by Jim and Ariel Moreton.
From the aforementioned melancholic offerings to the more upbeat and punchy vocal styles, Jim has clearly mastered his art, and yet the contributions from Ariel hold their own as part of the harmony and bring with them an indispensable layer of emotion that would be sorely missed if absent.
All in all, it's clear that House Above The Sun are not afraid to be unique and modern in an ever growing and diversifying music scene, and I for one am very grateful for their contribution.
Five Hours North is out on October 27th via HATS Music.
Upcoming live shows:
Wednesday October 25th - Chalk Farm Folk, The Monarch, Camden
Wednesday November 8th – Mark Beaumont Presents, The Monarch, Camden
Thursday November 16th – London Folk and Roots Festival, The Islington