Album Review: Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights

While radio play is still existent and relatively important to the many who have long commutes, or take road trips, musical exposure has drastically changed over the past decade thanks to the advent of the likes of Sirius XM and streaming outlets like YouTube, Spotify and Google Play Music. These outlets allow for a different variety of music to be played and heard, as satellite radio has various channels dedicated to certain genres and subgenres whilst streaming options allow to curated playlists, recommendations of similar artists and a continual “always-on” atmosphere. With this shift in exposure, bands that once would’ve sadly been passed over for their differences in sound and style have instead risen to the top, leading the charge of a new age of music. Alternative rock outfit Deaf Havana have been one such band to take the lead on this as they’ve played well into the strengths of what digital exposure can do, finally reaching the launching point of their career with their most recent album, Old Souls, charting in the top 10. Four years later, the band is back with their fourth studio album All These Countless Nights and once again, they showcase their impeccable talents.

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Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: SO Recordings
Release: January 27, 2017
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Purchase: iTunes | Google Play

When it comes to an album, two of the easiest things for listeners to attach themselves to are the overall sound and flow. It’s important that a band or artist has a rock-steady foundation sonically and that they stick to it, letting the music speak for itself rather than trying to over-complicate the delivery. This goes hand in hand with album flow as “trying too hard” to be different and varied can easily interrupt the album and never deviating from a specific sound makes tracks blend together. Deaf Havana nail both of these aspects with All These Countless Nights as the album is composed beautifully with its ability to switch on the fly between an aura of somberness and atmosphere in its set pieces to budding, exploding and energetic ones. Due to this intricately detailed composition, the songs flow between each other in a way that feels as if the music was guided and created in one fell swoop, never leaving a jarring experience for listeners.

Deaf Havana – Fever (Official Video)

Fever is taken from Deaf Havana’s fourth album “All These Countless Nights”, available now worldwide. Buy exclusive limited edition Physical bundles: iTunes: Spotify: Apple Music: Follow on Spotify to hear about new music first: Stay in touch with Deaf Havana to be the first to hear about new music and tour dates.

Expanding upon the albums composition and a first listen, All These Countless Nights will come across as a rather precarious and somber album at times with its deep, personal subject matter enhanced further by a large swathe of moody yet energetic and atmospheric instrumental backings. The album itself feels very personal and from the heart as James Veck-Gilodi has poured his heart and mind into the lyrics that make up each individual track with an almost clarity like vision, immediately noticeable upon hitting play. It’s an opener’s duty to grab the listeners’ attention right away and that is exactly what “Ashes, Ashes” does, while also showcasing the various styles and lyrical content that is present throughout the whole of All These Countless Nights. The acoustic style takes prevalence in tracks like “Happiness” and “Seattle” while the building and all-encompassing sound further into the song is proudly on display with the likes of “Trigger”, “Fever”, “Like A Ghost” and “Pensacola, 2013”. This variety of energy, passion and realness in approach to each individual song is what brings the record together, making a truly cohesive and encompassing sound.

The entirety of All These Countless Nights is an album that is full of emotion and passion as the band have poured their heart and soul into each individual track, leaving it all on the recording room floor offering listeners a cohesive and complete experience, albeit one that ends on a slightly melancholic note. Even though Deaf Havana haven’t opted for a massive evolution in style or sound, they haven’t taken a step backwards and instead wind up somewhere in the middle of what their past two albums have offered up. Summarily, it’s a metamorphosis of their past that launched them into the spotlight and a more even keeled, clear minded approach that sees them looking towards a particularly very bright future.

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