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Partholón / Soothsayer | Split 7″


The split 7″ is always a great place for experimentation.

While of course saluting the effort, I wasn’t really overly impressed with Partholón’s ‘Follow Me Through Body’ from a while back.

I felt it was too typecast into an over-familiar attempt at the Neurosis vibe. A very hard thing to pull off, unless you’re brilliant.

And, really, I don’t think any particular advancement has been made with ‘All We Are’. After the initial ambient samples it just seems a but shouty with no greater agenda – and it’s extremely repetitive.

There is as nice melody coming toward the close, but I’m forced to ask if that’s all there is; it sounds like a jam and not much else.

Basically they need to spend less time on their comprehensive tweeting and more on figuring out exactly what they’re doing.

Yet perhaps a bigger surprise here is that Soothsayer dont really knock it out of the park either.

Their own last offering, ‘At This Great Depth’, was absolutely spellbinding. I loved it, with its fantastic 90s vibe.

‘Cephalopod’ however just doesnt seem as though it was written in the same vein at all. It seems vaguer.

As a track sitting outside an album structure where it might make more sense, it’s a bit underwhelming and lumpen. It has a slightly dishevelled air.

Given the strength of their last two releases though, I’m more than certain Soothsayer will return with a captivating offering in whatever follows this.

And of that I’m not too concerned.

So… an Irish split that while reacqainting us with two current acts, doesn’t really serve as more than a curio.

Earl Grey ::: 14/08/18


2 Comments
  1. Is it me, or are splits of Irish bands few and far between?

  2. I actually think Cephalopod is one of their strongest compositions to date

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