The sheer musicality and intensity of the new LP from Submotion Orchestra has got us at a loss. The UK group, hailing from the north of England, have been impressing since releasing their debut EP Finest Hour back in 2009, but the strengths that they have progressed to are remarkable.
Alium, released this week through Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, is twelve unique and gorgeous tracks, switching seamlessly through different soundscapes and genres in their trademark style. Opening with the powerful prelude “Awakening”, it falls into intensely moving territory with “Time Will Wait.” The swooping, gently thudding “City Lights” couldn’t be further from the glitch-fused “Chrome Units”, which differs heavily from the slow paced, drawn out sounds of “Life After”, one of many cuts that Ruby Wood’s voice carries to dizzying heights. “The Hounds” is more experimental and darker, whilst “Trust/Lust” (which incidentally has already seen numerous remixes), is an electro-tinged number with a driving chorus/
There is so much texture and variety present across the twelve tracks of Alium, and each one stands alone perfectly as well as making up this stellar album. We honestly couldn’t recommend this more.
BEATPORT: SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA – ALIUM