Irij – High Above Sorrow Review

High Above Sorrow Irij

High Above Sorrow is the latest offering from one-woman folk-rock artist Irij (aka Meri Tadić) in the form of a four-track single featuring different variations of the song, following on from her debut album Same Zgode.

The track itself is a stunning little listen; featuring ethereal vocals and atmospheric instrumentation. On the outside, the song is a fairly simplistic one but that’s one of the beauties of it – it doesn’t need complexity to get under your skin and leave an impression on you. In fact the more you listen to it, the more you fall in love with it!

The High Above Sorrow single also features three variations of the track as well. There’s a Croatian rendition, which adds a new spin to the song due to the language switch and a remixed drum and bass version by Chris Neary that gives the song a whole different vibe. However, it’s the piano remix featuring Isa Tacheron that is perhaps the most striking of the three and features only piano and violin with no vocals, and the two musicians work well together, moving as one unit rather than as individuals and makes it a wholly refreshing listen.

As a whole, High Above Sorrow is a very strong release and Irij has reached a new high with this – so surely the sky is the limit when it comes to the next one!

9/10

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Soundscape’s editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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