(photo & allrights: THE ACADEMY OF SUN / Nick Hudson / Bandcamp / Shameless Production PR)
Nick Hudson – synths, vocals, field recordings
Kianna Blue – bass, synth
Ash Babb – drums
Guy Brice – guitars
Touch Of Heaven
This is something. A special something and something special.
A sometimes terrific, mysterious sound monster, made of spherical synth melodies and full-blooded beauty.
The small interludes fill gaps and complete the overall sound, but do not reduce the overall enjoyment and serve more to take a breather than to shake your head.
Nick Hudson is the brain, the mastermind, the head of dat Janze.
He has been doing this for several years now without even the slightest acceptance and appreciation of his music.
That is a very own thing. A comprehensive musical monument, a work of art waiting to be unveiled, longing in every note to be discovered and taken to the heart. Like in a dream, no, more like in a novel, you feel in these often dystopian, disintegrating, dissecting lyrics, which you perceive only little by little, as they creep up and grin mischievously, but then bore their claws into your thoughts and stimulate their very personal continuation.
The first songs with their piano theme, framed by classical grace.
Between Divine Comedy, Magnetic Fields, Nick Cave, Jack (the band), Sol Invictus and Morrissey (please listen to The Things That Need Replacing…!) Hudson is a songwriter, a song artist, a sound enhancer. An expert. A killer. Without doubt, without scruples and without fear of contact when it comes to finding the right, the perfect sound for his ideas.
And with a vein for beauty. In detail. And yet the music cannot be categorized. One minute full of charming orchestral echoes, the next close to an apocalypse, an imaginary end to the here and now, dark sounds not inferior to a folk goth explosion a la Death In June, although less mystery and mystification, less dark power as perversity than disposition of the artist and real fear seem to be in the foreground here.
Wherever you look (the band is hardly noticed in German-speaking countries), it is hard to find identical descriptions of the band from Brighton, apart from a certain eye-opening enthusiasm for their work.
Melodic-Pop, Indie-Alternative, Lullaby-Chamber-Prog-Punk… there’s a wide range of styles – and as different as the names are, none of them are inaccurate, none of them are sufficient to describe what you can hear here.
I live on my own, in one room, and while I’m no stranger to solitude, just having the alternative deprived of you is a psychically irreconcilable, teeth-gritting clusterfuck
Nick Hudson, interviewed @post-punk.com
Too complex to provide a comprehensive, detailed and above all appropriate description of the sounds presented.
The songs of the band seem too independent, strange and wondrous/changeable. A sound universe of their own, an independent sound world, into which immersion is definitely worthwhile due to the diversity and special nature of the album.