A remarkable piece of work

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.

  1. Resilience
  2. Recovery
  3. Space and Time