Sometimes you run across a piece so striking that you stop dead and listen quietly, without distraction. HYMNS’ latest release “Sirens” is one of those utterly arresting pieces. The long intro of completely naked misty guitar already sets this song apart from anything else one might come across at random. Here the foggy nights of London are painted sonically by high toned guitar and atmospheric drumming overlaid with pinpoints of lightly tinkling glockenspiel. It’s an instantly memorable auditory photograph.
As with many dark indie British bands, we are reminded of gothy post-punk new wave, but there is also the faintest hint of the dark meandering storytelling of Nick Cave. Backup call and response vocals echo ghostlike across the frosty Thames. The fact that the track was written in response to a London Underground tragedy witnessed firsthand by a member of the band only furthers the suspenseful sense of gloom and doom promoted by the chilling and melancholy tones of this track. Don’t just take our word - experience it for yourself.
We added this track to our Underground Indie & Alternative playlist on Spotify. Make sure to follow the band (linked above) to stay on top of what else they have going on. Stream the new tune below!
HYMNS - Sirens