When Saints Go Machine's debut 'Konkylie' was one of my most loved
albums of 2011. Singer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild has an extraordinary
voice; soulful and otherworldly, it falls into line beside Antony Hegarty
as another of the most haunting instruments in the listening world.
The band's music blends elements of prog, classical and contemporary
electronica into a complex and intriguing hybrid. This collection of twelve
new numbers, despite their occasionally dreamlike vocal harmonies, takes
greater sonic risks than its predecessor. It is as though they have allowed
themselves to leave some of the arrangements just a little more rough
around the edges; a tad less polish, a lot more oomph. Jump straight
to 'Iodine' and 'Yard Heads' for two fine examples of this darker
developmental strand. (The latter is a wonderfully shadowy invention).
Elsewhere the more gentle shuffle of 'Mental Shopping Spree' delivers
more than a little soft sunshine to the mix and in stark contrast 'Dead Boy'
is a positively creepy little nightmare of a song to jangle your nerves.
Final track 'Slave To The Take In Your Heaven' is simply, strangely sublime.
'Infinity Pool' takes its place among 2013's most captivating releases.