Distant Harmonies – Dancing With The Waves | Eruptive
Following the release of their earlier demo, Distant Harmonies stirs some movement in their discography with the release of their 2021 full-length EP — Dancing With The Waves.
The EP is a spectacular act consisting of characterisation in the music ranging from progressive rock guitar riffs to hardcore metal extravaganza. With a comfortable runtime of 37 minutes, the EP comprises six brilliantly produced tracks — Dancing With The Waves, Pulse, Angel in Green, Lluny d’aquí, El mal and Electric Dreams. Distant Harmonies is a two-act show comprising musicians from Berlin and Barcelona. With the distance acting as an impediment in their efforts to produce music, the band’s nomenclature is a clever ode to their conjoined efforts to bridge the geographical boundaries.
The EP leads off with the title track Dancing With The Waves, which opens up with an extremely distorted and steely guitar riff very inspired by classic metal acts. What immediately grabs the listener’s attention is the emergence of the progressive rock guitar solo that runs in the background — passionate enough to make the listener close their eyes. The track is also characterised by hushed layered background vocals, along with silky yet passionate lyricism from the vocalist.
Pulse is the EP’s first instrumental break, slightly more staccato and decorated with blast beats throughout, smoothly in accompaniment with a very immersive and emotional guitar riff that runs throughout the track. Angel in Green opens up with a fervent piano accompanying the electric guitar in harmonic unison, soon to be married to a panoramic soundscape drenched with synth waves. The track gains momentum throughout and gathers a very immersive melodic finality to it — that makes the listener travel with each note, making the outro almost operatic.
Lluny d’aquí — meaning far from here — lives up to its titular significance as one can imagine the frustration in familiarity. For ardent metal fans, Lluny d’aquí should perhaps rank as one of the favourites of the track. The track has it all — the eruptive vocal growls, the spitfire distorted guitar solos and the vocalism taking the track to its anthemic oblivion. The fourth track borrows heavy inspirations from the fundamentals of black metal, death metal and hard rock. El mal does well to not lose the soundscapic ascendance raised from the previous track and transcends to a slower but more detail-oriented composition. It sounds slightly more psychedelic with its hypnotic vocals and pluck-guitar arrangements which crest and trough, easily making someone feel like they are falling downwards into an atmospheric cavity.
Electric Dreams is a stunning closer to the EP and draws all the various instrumentation of the track into a wholesome collective. The track follows no traditional structure and is characterised by sudden uptempo and downtempo, which are characterised throughout with the presence of distorted or overdriven guitar riffs that narrate a story. The track draws to a close with an incredibly uptempo drum performance similar to blast beats that dominate the sonic landscape.
Check out Dancing With The Waves by Distant Harmonies here: