London’s Chapter And Verse have been building a strong following since the release of their 2016 debut EP, ‘The Wolves Back Home’. Using patience as an asset, the alternative rock quartet has channeled the last three years into a formidable follow-up, ‘Glow’.
From the opening seconds of ‘The Casket’, guitarist Darren Gosling cements his footing with circling melodies, creating the perfect undercurrent for Josh Carter‘s delicate and nuanced vocal harmonies to navigate the verse. As the tension builds beneath his falsetto, drummer Ash Morton removes all restraint and sends the chorus into a barrage of hammering cymbals and soaring melodies.
The breakneck shift in dynamics is the charm within the group and is present throughout, as evidenced in the coda of the track. Overlapping vocals twist into each other as sporadic lead lines weave around the remaining space, all held together by a strong rhythm courtesy of both Morton and bassist Jonny Hopwood.
The EP doesn’t entirely consist of delicate and nuanced compositions, with ‘Eleven Hours In Real Time’ and ‘A Devil In Blue’ displaying their metallic influences. The latter barrels through punk style chords before seguing into a loose groove, yet again showcasing their attention to structure and pace. As it reaches an impenetrable wall of sound, Carter‘s clean vocals cut through and deliver an unexpected melodic turn.
From start-to-finish, ‘Glow’ delves into melody and harmony headfirst, creating memorable moments and strong choruses. With a firm grip on structure and composition, Chapter And Verse have crafted a release that you will gladly lose yourself in.
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