A Northern Chorus = Low + Elbow + Strings + Mogwai’s Distortion Peddle
While many might find the pacing of Bitter Hands Resign cumbersome, they’d be missing the intricate details that make this melancholy release particularly unique and beautiful. It’s all caught up in the shimmering guitars, slight electronics and swirling strings building to a crescendo that allow A Northern Chorus succeed. Where others may choose to pull back, they push forward, step on the distortion peddle and let the chaos wash the pallet clean before drifting back into the valium haze.
This review originally appeared in Glitter Gutter Trash, August 2005, Issue 200.