“The Confession” – Sound of the Sirens

5 stars (out of 5)

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The Confession TitleIt’s June, the sun’s shining and we could all do with some good news, couldn’t we? Well, how about this? Riot Squad favourites Sound of the Sirens have only gone and got themselves on the bill at Glastonbury this year, so high fives all round for that, but it gets even better. They have a new EP out on July 20th and a single from the EP released on July 3rd. Apparently, they’ve even persuaded online retailer ASOS to support their Glastonbury appearance, so it’s all going off at the moment. So, what about this single then?

“The Confession” is a great choice as a lead track; if you haven’t heard Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood before, this is a pretty good introduction to their work because it displays most of the elements that make their live and recorded performances so beguiling and spellbinding. Abbe and Hannah’s voices blend perfectly whether they’re creating perfect harmonies or quickfire call and response passages and they create a huge dynamic range from two guitars, two voices and a couple of stomp boxes (plus a little bit of violin on this song); and that’s before you even start to think about the lyrics.

Sound of the Sirens songs, in true folk tradition, often have a dark, mystical narrative but “The Confession” does more than tell a twilight story; there’s a genuine poetry to the lines: ‘And I am reaching, breaking mirrors in the sky, pulling starlight out of the corners of your eyes’ that’s truly beautiful. “The Confession” is yet another twenty-first acoustic anthem from Sound of the Sirens; it’s three and a half minutes of perfection.

The single is released on July 3 followed by the EP on July 20. If you can’t wait that long why not have a look at this excellent live video to see what all the fuss is about: