LOVE|LESS – Act I: Heaven Review

loveless heavenAfter being seriously impressed with the debut EP from LOVE|LESS, Hollow Faith, we’ve eagerly been waiting for the next release from this talented fivepiece and following a rather beautiful acoustic EP, they’re back with their new EP entitled Act I: Heaven.

Although this EP isn’t quite as addictive as their debut, it is nevertheless another absolutely stunning listen and the way it starts is incredible. Omen begins quietly and slowly builds up with ambience and then chanted vocals before the clean vocals kick in for a spine-tingling almost-acappella performance which sees Shanksy’s vocals atop of a little bit of piano and ambience, and not much else. It certainly leaves an impression on you, that’s for sure, and certainly sounds like it has the potential to be a great gig opener as well as an EP opener!

LOVE|LESS keep the pace going from there, with anthemic second track Heaven sounding absolutely massive, and the EP progresses well to third track Downpours which has a nice little melancholic edge underneath the lighthearted-sounding surface, and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them harsh vocal snippets add a lot more to the track as well.

Act I: Heaven comes to a close with Ghost, which is perhaps the weakest song of the four. It’s by no means a bad song, but it is more of a slow-burner and isn’t quite as memorable as the others as there’s no big hooks and the chorus isn’t one of their stronger ones – and the EP leaves you wanting a little more as a result But arguably, that could be seen as a good thing, right?

Nevertheless, it’s another fantastic release from LOVE|LESS – this is definitely a band that’s going places.

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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