Album stream: Overhead, The Albatross – Learning To Growl


Having formed back in hazy mists of time (2009), there’s something particularly gratifying seeing Dublin instrumental six-piece Overhead, The Albatross all but swamped with acclaim following the release their long-awaited debut album, Learning To Growl. Recorded at Clique Recordings and mixed by Phillip Magee, its nine tracks burst forth in masterful triumph, touchably impassioned and perfectly restless from opener ‘Indie Rose’ right up to ‘Big River Man’, a finale that serves as an emphatic full stop. Whilst many releases of this ilk is by its very nature necessarily “cathartic” (and not always with a degree of sophistication to warrant its nascency) OTA have bypassed formulaic rubric to forge their own brand of quite vital instrumentalism that demands your attention from the off.

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