music review: Money

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Money. An unusual band name for an indie band from Manchester, England. Particularly one that labels its music “dystopian choral” on its Facebook page. I’m very picky with band names and this one threw me off. I was hesitant to check out the music but it’s exactly what I like. Melancholy. Ethereal. Swirly. Lead singer Jamie Lee said that the songs focus on universal themes of love and loss and sense of place in the modern world, including issues such as isolation and mental health. These songs convey depth, grace and emotion from every angle with majestic arrangements. “Who’s Going to Love You Know” feature an unusual, broad-stroking vocal composition and escalating harmonies that make it sound quite expansive as if performed in a cavernous space. Entrancing “Bluebell Fields” sounds 90s indie nostalgic. “Goodnight London” effectively utilizes piano for its slower, murky splendor. Lee’s vocals ache and twist on the sprawling “Hold Me Forever”

Shadow of Heaven
Bella Union
Release date: May 6, 2014

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video for the swooning, atmospheric “Hold Me Forever” directed by actor Cillian Murphy:

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