Blackwater Holylight - Veils of Winter Album Review/Stream [Riding Easy Records 2019]
About The Band
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, this all-female psychedelic and alternative rock band has been adding a truly unique and individual spin on countless styles of decades past since their 2016 formation.
Don’t misunderstand, however, as this is a band that could only ever exist in the present. Their modern and youthful sound acting as the perfect reinvention of genres ranging from everything including goth, indie, and shoegaze.
With a much-anticipated record, “Veils Of Winter”, about to hit the market, let’s see what the talented women of Blackwater Holylight put together this time.
Veils Of Winter
Within the first few moments, it becomes apparently clear that this is much more than just your average modern rock outing. Quite the contrary. As soon as the angelic vocals from Sunny kick in over the richly distorted instrumentation, you immediately know you’re in for something special.
The best thing is, the album actually surpasses itself with each song after the other, as tracks towards the middle and end of the record actually shine the brightest. The shoegaze influenced darkness in the sound is the albums strongest assent, creating some very beautifully melancholic soundscapes that are perfect for this time of year. While the opening tracks “Seeping Secrets” and “Motorcycle” explore a more heavy sound, the third track introduces a much more mellow and atmospheric side of things, a quality that continues on through the album all the way up until it’s ending, culminating in some of the most beautiful and euphoric music imaginable. The song “Death Realms” is easily the strongest track, which is saying a lot considering how stellar pretty much every track is, start to finish.
I’m just going to be straight forward here, this is one of the best things I've heard all year. I absolutely adore this record. No exaggeration, this lush and modern concoction of shoegaze and psychedelia is honestly worthy of a perfect rating, and I can comfortably say that I am now a die-hard fan of this group because of this phenomenal record.
Great work ladies, you may have made the album of the year for me. Not a bad moment on this masterpiece of a modern classic. And it takes a lot for me to give such high praise. The band really did hit it out of the park with this one, as it’s an album that I feel sets a new standard for things to come. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to it again.