Among the rising stars of the Australian progressive scene, Acolyte further explore their art with this new release.
Recovery (Unplugged) is Acolyte recording live and acoustically with a small orchestra, to stunning results. With the metallic and electronic aspects of their music completely stripped away, these three songs leave bare what lies at the heart of Acolyte’s creation – melancholia tinged with hope.
The new arrangements add further heart-rending depth to the band’s already sorrowful character. Resilience opens on mournful woodwinds and delicate strumming, a downbeat folk tune with a final uplifting message borne by the soaring, resonant melody of Morgan-Leigh Brown’s voice.
Recovery is cinematic in its scope and delivery, a brooding and emotional soundtrack building to a climax of ringing piano. The sad, minor key sawing of strings add to the sense of yearning Brown brings to Space and Time, with Brendon Valentine adding a charming, low-key solo to this heartfelt piece.
Acolyte have created a remarkable piece of work that shows off a different side to their musical character. Our only regret is that it’s too short.
- Space and Time