Album Review: Ceiling Demons - Nil
Never let it be said that the up and coming music scene of Northern England isn't incredibly diverse in its array of talented artists, Ceiling Demons are a fantastic example of this fact.
These alternative hip hop artists first showed up on my radar at Evolution Emerging Festival last year and I've been watching them closely ever since.
Their latest offering 'Nil' is an album that takes them to new heights as it explores the depths of our emotions in what can only be described as devastatingly beautiful.
Opening up with the slow and steady 'Rose' the precedent is set for the consistently heart wrenching journey you're about to undertake.
Next up however is 'Chasing Dreams in Nightmares' which showcases the hip hop side of the album and sets the bar high for some impressive lyricism and the unique vocal style that Ceiling Demons have made their own.
What follows is a further eight tracks which are both topical and relatable, hitting on issues felt both by the underrepresented and the wider world.
Yet, despite the themes of anxiety, loneliness and passing of loved ones (to name but a few) there remains a hopefulness running throughout the album offering a light at the end of the tunnel.
The use of strings, digital loops and other ethereal sounds to contrast the raw vocals makes the album all the more epic and diverse, cementing its place as one of the more unforgettable albums of this year so far.
While, hip hop is a genre that sadly can stagnate all too easily as artists attempt to mimic and emulate one another, Celling Demons show just how much potential there is for truly unique and affecting sounds that can address and help to ease some of the struggles that plague 21st century living.
The passion and sheer emotion put into this album is clear from the outset, and makes me extremely excited to see what is in store for the future of these talented artists.
'Nil' will be released on the 22nd of September via Win Big Records.
To co-inside with the new album Ceiling Demons will embark on a UK tour, launching at Empty Shop in Durham on Friday the 6th of October alongside Otis Mensah & Me Lost Me (I Lost My).
All further live dates can be found below...
18th SEPTEMBER - LEEDS, HYDE PARK BOOK CLUB
27th SEPTEMBER - LONDON, ARCHSPACE
06th OCTOBER - DURHAM, EMPTY SHOP
12th OCTOBER - GLASGOW, BLOC+
13th OCTOBER - EDINBURGH, THE WEE RED BAR
28th OCTOBER - TBA
11TH NOVEMBER - STOCKTON-ON-TEES, THE GREEN ROOM