Gentle Stream (VINYL)

The Amazing

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The second full album by the Amazing finds the onetime side project settling further into its own existence, as the Swedish band embraces a wide temporal range of sonic touchstones revolving around the idea of lush delicacy. The title track starts the album with a sweet glaze of acoustic and electric guitars that sounds like the kind of '90s bands that loved the Cocteau Twins a little more in their later phase. It's a bit shoegaze but never heavily so, keyboards adding a bit of extra bliss and zone while the drums act as a bit of a secret punch. The singing seeps sweetly through like a bit of Richard Ashcroft goes a-ha -- and definitely not as dramatic as the former, in this case thankfully. With that, Gentle Stream feels like its title, a series of songs that are carefully arranged and performed but feel in listening like a meander down the titular object. It's a breezy, sometimes melancholy, but never dour listen, as songs like "International Hair" and "When the Colours Change" show, while without ever going full-on hero rock, a song like "Gone" fires up in context just enough. The nice sax part on "Flashlight" adds some moody grooves to the gently swinging number -- there's definitely a bit of Nick Drake at work throughout in the vocals and overall feeling, which starts coming to the fore more as the album continues -- while "Dogs" feels more like a stately classic rock number in its descending verses, at least a bit. The album as a whole clearly values the arrangements and overall instrumental performances perhaps even more than the singing, with numerous extended codas and breaks where the performers stretch out to the full. ~ Ned Raggett


  1. Gentle Stream
  2. Flashlight
  3. International Hair
  4. The Fog
  5. Gone
  6. Dogs
  7. Assumptions
  8. When the Colours Change



Utgitt 2011 Format VINYL
Sjanger Indierock Antall disker 1
Antall spor 8 Artist The Amazing
Label Sublimimal Sounds Leverandør Torggata Platebar AS (Big Dipper Distribusjon)
Bestillingsnummer SUB084LP