Fearful Symmetry is a musical unit that takes the form of solo projects from two cousins, Suzi James and Jeremy Shotts based in London, UK. Their debut album, “Louder Than Words,” was released in June 2019 on their own (via Bandcamp), in collaboration with guest musicians such as Sharon Petrover (drums), Yael Shotts (vocals), Ray Livnat (vocals), Ian Stuart Lynn (vocals, piano, soprano saxophone, strings), Ben Azar (guitar), Matthew Rutherford (bass), and Amanda Truelove (cello). It’s a loving tribute to vintage progressive rock. Fearful Symmetry is not so much a band as it is an aesthetic – a set of ideas defining our approach to this music that is not restricted by genre and seeks to capture and merge various styles.
Fearful Symmetry has released their second album ‘The Difficult Second.’ Out of the ten songs on the album, the first one is ‘Mood Swings and Roundabouts.’ You would not have anticipated how amazing this song would be when it starts out mellow. Just 30 seconds in, with the beats, pace, and synths picking up, it feels like you have seen the sun after a series of gloomy days! Guitar work is incredibly hooking and instantly have you smiling along with energetic vocals. This song has got me hooked!
The second song on the album, ‘The Difficult Second,’ has excellent and peppy instrumentation. It stretches the senses of hearing and makes you want to hear more and more. The artists right away started with an upbeat soundscape, and I have to tell you, it is a masterpiece!
‘Light of My Life’ is a calming and soothing tonality that you could listen to when you’re in the middle of chaos. It’s not melancholic but a spacey, peaceful soundscape that helps you decide what’s best for you without rushing.
‘Shifting sands’ is another instrumental piece that takes you to a jungle with its soundscape and feel. This song has no vocals, but you can hear some signature retro Bollywood thriller music vibes and sounds here and there. ‘Eastern eyes’ and ‘Sandworm’ also give a similar vibe, but the soundscape is more intense. A very original and creative soundscape, these tracks have a unique feel and seem to be inspired by old music of the Middle East.
Have you ever felt like a song was pulling you in? ‘The Song Of The Siren’ feels the same way. It is like you are enjoying a live band performance. The song feels like it’s straight out of a vampire and even the lyrics are also interesting. The chorus says, “Sail away, or be trapped by the sound,” and this song definitely keeps you captivated.
We all have those days where everything feels like it’s going wrong. We get stressed and feel like nothing is working out in our favor. That’s when we need a song like ‘Hope.’ This song starts with intense guitar riffs that immediately set a refreshing mood. The lyrics are also very relatable and empowering. Lines like “I’ll reach for the sky, don’t ask me why I’ll leave behind old reasons, I’ll right my own wrongs, sing my own songs,” really hit home.
If you’re looking for a musical journey that will take you straight to Egypt, look no further than ‘Shukraan Jazilaan.’ The mysterious and serious soundscape will keep you captivated from beginning to end. Each element – from the bass to the strings to the guitar – is expertly arranged to create a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
The last song on the album is ‘Warlords.’ It is the longest song on the album, clocking in at over 14 minutes. It is a very unique track that takes the listener on a journey through various moods and emotions. It is like a collection of songs within one song. If you’re looking for an engaging and captivating story, you cannot miss listening to ‘Warlords.’ It is so well written and moving.
If you’re looking for an album that will make you feel everything, then this is the one for you. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride you won’t miss. Trust me. You won’t regret it!
Enjoy listening to ‘The Difficult Second’ here.
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