This is my first encounter with Grayceon, and I wasn't sure how good value it would be with just 5 tracks on the album, but at 57 minutes it certainly has a lot to offer and when I played it, the time just flew by. This is one of those rare breeds, an album which when you play it, it must be played in its entirety as it is so beautifully constructed as a whole piece that flows flawlessly from one track to the next.
From the start to the end of the album, everything is constructed in a way which offers a unique and intriguing sound with what is quite a simple set-up - guitars, cello, and drums, with some fleeting vocals. Now one of the criticisms I had heard with reviews of the album was that the vocals didn't match up with the strength of the songwriting, and I have to say, that is a totally misguided opinion - one of the strengths of their style seems to be that they aren't looking for overblown, dominating vocals, but that the composition of the songs themselves is strong enough to put the focus on, and they're right to do so. The vocals are simply understated, they're thoughtful, like the musings of an introvert staring wistfully out the window on a long journey.
The cello sound is surprisingly dominant on the tracks and leads the songs which is unusual for this style, normally I would expect it to accompany the guitars, and it is all the better for it. Its a wonderfully maudlin piece with a band that has a style and sticks to it because it works, they experiment well with mixtures of tempo but it always ends up moving perfectly into extremely catchy segments, thoughtful pauses or blissful endings. This is truly a magnificent sound and a band I will be checking out much more of.