Artist: Order of Voices
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Record Label: Unsigned
From time to time you come across a band whose sonic frequencies manage to resonate with you in such a way as to make you feel like they’ve always been a part of your life. When I first heard “Reaching Down” from Order of Voices self titled release (2009) I instantly gravitated to the rest of the album. The blend of hooky, yet off time guitar melodies, layers upon layers of vocals well worth the goosebumps and this underlying 90’s rock feel made me an immediate fan. It was not long after that I found myself singing along… but eventually the longing grew to wanting more music from this quintet from Sheffield, UK.
Nearly 8 years after the self titled release, Constancy was born. This time around the band took a different direction in regards to their approach to the follow-up deciding to take complete control, engineering and producing the new album themselves, literally taking the time to build, equip and learn to operate their own studio. This decision, along with the curve balls that life threw in, contributed to the seemingly immense delay in the release of Constancy. As eager as I was for more music from Order of Voices, it was well worth the wait.
Kicking things off with Hand in Hand, the first single released to us about a year ago, and Long For Air, the second followup single, the foundation is then laid for the journey the listener has begun. Order of Voices write melodic songs that carry the listener through an experience, both musically and lyrically. Leigh tells a tale that is yours, but the experience is his, and you come out the other side feeling a connection.
My favourite track is Affirmation, for a few different reasons. The first being that it is an extension of the previous track, Speak Aloud. There is one main guitar line in Speak Aloud while Leigh sing us a story. Once it flows into Affirmation said guitar line continues underneath this rocking chug pattern, and the story continues. The song moves on to a serious change in tempo and mood demonstrating clever songwriting, almost seamlessly moulding two different songs into one and making it feel like it was meant to be.
Constancy has satisfied everything I was hoping for with a new album from Order of Voices. A balanced blend of hard and soft, gentle and aggressive, and an overall enjoyable listen. I can foresee many many more.
Leigh Oates – Vocals
Ashley Homar – Guitar
Stefan Blackwood – Guitar
Ian Gaunt – Bass Guitar
Aynsley Dickinson – Drums