Track Review: Phalcons: Idle Ways

‘While Phalcons encourage you to ‘get out and embrace the day,’ I encourage you to embrace their Idle Ways.’

Intro to Phalcons:
While Phalcons may have only recently signed to Libertino Records, it would seem they are already on track to soar to great heights. Consisting of Ben Ellis, Alex Morrison, Naomi Saunders and Tomos Williams, this Snowdonia based band takes inspiration from the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and aims to create beautiful psychedelic pop/folk music. Perfectly showcasing this approach, ‘Idle Ways’ (out 15th November), gently holds our hand and musically guides us through the haze of life and love.

Featured Track: Idle Ways
As though echoing through the valleys of North Wales, Idle Ways opens with dreamy sounding picked and strummed guitar chords. Multi-tracked and panned, you become immediately enveloped in the gentle, yet assertive sound you are hearing. Equally, the delayed setting of tempo allows for an initially free sounding atmosphere to come through.

Bringing with it a greater sense of metre, the introduction of drums begins to subtly move the track away from the opening atmosphere. However, while this is the case, the light nature of it ensures that the gentle, relaxing atmosphere is maintained. Alongside this, the male vocal begins the storytelling and passing through lyrics of ‘Through the smoke in the crowd’ and ‘have you seen her come this way?’ the sense of freedom, and wandering, moves from the acccompaniment to the vocal.

Ensuring that our focus remains on the vocal, the accompaniment continues in the same manner and based on the opening elements, there is unity within the track. While simple throughout the initial parts of the verse, the underlying textures do feature some wonderfully understated, yet highly musical moments. Take the inclusion of rhythmic changes and vocal harmonies as prime examples. Gentle in nature, but perfectly placed, light drum fills give structure to the track, while multi-tracked vocals bring added warmth.

Moving towards the middle of the track, the momentum begins to pick up and in doing so the accompaniment noticeably changes. Cleverly done, it stays true to its origins, but in taking on a heavily overlapping nature, transforms into a beautiful, more luscious sound. Continually driven by the use of previous guitar lines, the sense of both metre and freedom perfectly combine and guide us to the end via a more dominant sounding resurgence of earlier themes. While Phalcons may encourage you to ‘get out and embrace the day,’ I encourage you to embrace their ‘Idle Ways.’

‘Idle Ways’ releases for digital download next Wednesday (15th November) and in the meantime you can keep up to date with their musical developments by following them on Twitter.

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