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Bryde – Like an Island (Seahorse Music)

 It’s quite apparent from the first moment of Bryde’s solo debut album Like an Island that there’s something undeniably special about her music. From her breathtaking vocals, with a faint but recognizable Gaelic lilt, to her grungy swirling guitar, Bryde takes us on a deep melancholic journey. Interestingly, the former frontwoman of Paper Aeroplanes may find reassurance or safety in her Welsh acoustic folksy roots with songs like Euphoria and Steady Heart, but it is her adventurous spirit to switch between folk and indie rock that makes this album come alive. It is her gentle guitar with tribal-like drums that eases the listener into the sweeping moving album opener called To Be Brave before letting loose on some of the most gritty indie rock that I have heard in a while. Flesh, Blood and LovePeace and Fast Awake are all outstanding tracks with Desire rounding out what is a hard-hitting emotive album. But as for my favourite track , I seriously can’t get the song Less out of my mind. Bryde’s infectious vocals and her electric guitar are simply Wow!

Photo Credit: The album artwork of Like An Island is courtesy of Seahorse Music. I make use of it under the rationale of fair use because no free equivalent seems to exist and it serve as the primary means of visual identification at the top of my article dedicated to the review in question. I am not the uploader of the You Tube clip embedded here.

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