ARTIST:

ARCHIVE

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

CALL TO ARMS & ANGELS

(2022)
LABEL:

PIAS

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Electro, Experimental, Female vocals, Hovering, Intimist, Melancholic, Psychedelic
""Call To Arms & Angels" is there to affirm that Archive remains a band capable of offering unstoppable and beautiful tracks while keeping this avant-garde spirit without which the collective would not be what it is."
CALGEPO (27.04.2022)  
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On the road for more than 25 years and in perpetual creation phase, Archive, whose organization is more like a collective than a group, has found in these uncertain times a new creative impetus to offer its album certainly the densest to date. Archive chose a track of more than 14 minutes as the first extract which testifies, in its own way, of this need to express itself after a too long silence. 'Daytime Coma' is the epitome of what Archive is all about. A work made of long developments, ethereal moments, silences, a music that is sufficient to transmit emotions. The piece alternates piano passages, hypnotic electro moments and atmospheric movements introducing a titanic finale. We bathe in an ambient prog which forces to introspection.

If the collective excels in proposing long tracks ('Enemy', 'Freedom', 'The Crown' or 'Gold'), it revives in "Call To Arms & Angels" with shorter tracks with an exacerbated melody and an interpretation sublimated by the voice of Holly Martin in particular. These tracks are legion in this album, among which the sublime opening 'Surrounded By Ghosts' with its apparent simplicity that touches the deepest, this 'Shouting Within' that worries as much as it fascinates with its deep piano, this more nervous 'Fear There & Everywhere' with an irresistible chorus (with a kind of emergence in the Pink Floyd), this 'All That I Have' that reminds us of the trip hop that suits Archive well.

In "Call To Arms & Angels", Archive expresses its frustration of having been silenced for too long and shows a (too much for some) great generosity. The experimentations are always present as in a heavy, oppressive 'Enemy' which is a nice reminder of Pink Floyd ("Dark Side Of The Moon") in a more modern version, or on 'Freedom' which leans towards a progressive pop side close to the Beatles, "Revolver" period. If they sometimes seem sterile ('The Crown' and its endless loop), these experiments are the very essence of Archive without which the collective would not be what it is.

"Call To Arms & Angels" is there to affirm that Archive remains a band capable of offering unstoppable, beautiful, dynamic and organic tracks while keeping this avant-gardist spirit, of experimentations. As always, in the wake of Dead Can Dance, of a historical Pink Floyd, Archive's work is lived more than it is listened.


More informations on http://www.archiveofficial.uk/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Surrounded By Ghosts - 4:30
02. Mr Daisy - 3:59
03. Fear There & Everywhere - 4:41
04. Numbers - 4:14
05. Shouting Within - 4:49
06. Daytime Coma1 - 4:34
07. Head Heavy - 5:14
08. Enemy - 8:38
09. Every Single Day - 4:19
10. Freedom - 9:41
11. All That I Have - 6:29
12. Frying Paint - 4:49
13. We Are The Same - 3:58
14. Alive - 3:44
15. Everything's Alright - 3:12
16. The Crown - 8:31
17. Gold - 8:26

LINEUP:
Danny Griffiths: Basse / Claviers
Darius Keeler: Claviers
Dave Pen: Chant / Guitares / Percussions
Holly Martin: Chant
Jonathan Noyce: Basse
Maria Q: Chant
Pollard Berrier: Chant / Guitares
Steve Barnard : Batterie
   
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