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ALBUM REVIEW: Atomise - The Little Unsaid

Atomise was written by The Little Unsaid's singer John Elliot during the summer of 2018.

He apparently 'shut himself away from the outside world in a remote Pembrokeshire cottage where he recorded rough demos of the entire album on an upright piano.'

John Elliott, of The Little Unsaid. Image copyright - Pete Millson. Supplied by Pomona PR. (11736102)
John Elliott, of The Little Unsaid. Image copyright - Pete Millson. Supplied by Pomona PR. (11736102)

These demos were later taken to the band's North London studio where Tim Heymerdinger played drums and the band's violist Alison D'Souza assembled a string quartet in Stoke Newington's 16th century church to lay down the string parts.

And that is, perhaps, what makes this album so beautiful. The gentle piano melodies are a signature on each track, the lyrics peeling back the layers of modern life.

Elliot's vocals are gentle, yet haunting. Track one, simply titled 'Human' strips back the elements of what makes us human, whereas 'Particles' was one of my favourite tracks. The lyrics asking us to look up, 'see the particle dust, this is all just stars.'

His lyrics explore the details of life that some of us might just take for granted, complemented by a sound that is atmospheric and transcendent.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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