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Norwich band Sennen's 2008 album 'Where The Light Gets In'
was a fine affair. If it passed you by give it a listen.
It's worth much more than just a single glance.
Before it evaporates into the ether their 2009 EP
'Destroy Us' also deserves our attention and applause.
The ensemble comprises Larry Holmes (voice and guitar),
Rich Kelleway (more voice and more guitar), Andrew Horner
(bass) and James Brown (percussion).
Although there are only six tracks on this modest release
it punches well above its weight. Their earlier work
(especially their 2005 debut 'Widows') sported a somewhat sombre
ambience which attracted the "shoegazing" tag from some quarters.
'Destroy Us' is very nearly jolly in comparison.
Opening with the clockwork rhythm of 'In', this charming
instrumental introduction is a bit like waking from a dream
to find oneself entangled in the inner workings of a magical
music box. It segues almost seamlessly into the luminously
up-tempo title track, 'Destroy Us'. Jangling guitars and
Mr Brown's powerful drumming propel the vocal melody and
harmonies along at a cracking pace.
'Bizarre Love Triangle' is a densely textured composition
with a strong and memorable tune (the love-child of Joy Division
and The Beach Boys). The echoing interwoven twin guitars add
atmospheric colour and detail to the arrangement.
Although it could have drawn breath in any number of suburban garages
across the land, 'The Distance From A - B' (another instrumental)
possesses a certain elusive charm which elevates it far above the
ordinary. A simple but substantial idea convincingly realised.
'Figurine' is a delicate and lovingly crafted melody floating
over a four-square back-beat. It comes and goes like a dream,
leaving a trail of elusive emotional ripples in its wake.
For a few moments I thought that final track 'Out' might morph
into a Greek plate-smashing dance! I need not have worried.
It is, nonetheless, a raucous jam, built around a simple motif
which gives these four young gentlemen the chance to let their
hair down before packing up the van and disappearing into the
dark, owl-infested, East Anglian night.
Small but perfectly-formed, Sennen's concise offering
left me wanting more and that can only be a good thing.