Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Album Review :: Secret Company - The World Lit Up And Filled With Colour


Secret Company

The World Lit Up And Filled With Colour

March 10 2017 
(SO Recordings)


Words: Jess Sharrock

The past couple of years have shown plenty of promise for this Chelmsford-based four-piece,
with an EP release (and a handful of equally wonderful singles), an appearance on Made In Chelsea, and a raft of live shows to build up their fanbase. And now they start 2017 with the release of their debut album.

A few of the songs on the 12-track record will be familiar to the fans that have been following the progress of this band over the past few years. From the catchy riffs of 'Saviour' augmented by Tim Reyland's insistent drums, ‘Burning Through The Night’, ‘Fever of Love’, to Scott Revell's impassioned vocals  on ‘Holding On’, it was these which first appeared on their ‘Saviour’ EP, released back in 2015, that marked Secret Company out as a band with both energy and lyrical emotion.

Opener ‘Final Wish’ takes a couple of drum beats to start, before catchy guitar riffs and Revell's strong vocals provide a great start to the album. ‘Alive’ feels quite upbeat and has a more dancey feel than some of the other songs, and ‘Out Of The Blue’ is a little slower to start, with the tune building up to the vocals. Newest single cut ‘Lightning Parade’ and ‘Midnight Rush’ are both addictively tense, the suspense building beats and Kushal Gupta's bass lines paired with the vocal expression make for a great combination, the former's lush crashing chorus adding perfectly to the mix.

Elsewhere, ‘Pretend That You Don’t’ (possibly my favourite song on the album) and ‘Mercury’ -  which demonstrates Scott’s incredible vocal range - and closer ‘Blue Rose’, all seem a little slower, somewhat more emotional; a little eerie, with constant anticipation in the beat.

There isn’t a bad track on the album; each song is carefully crafted, with clear, powerful vocals. Without a doubt, this is a debut album that is definitely worth a listen.

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