Saturday, 4 June 2016

Video: Elm - Concentrate

This is Elm Concentrate

Elm - Concentrate

Info: Elm are a five piece band from Dublin with a dark earthy quality to their music, which has been described as Alternative Baroque Pop. Diligent & emotive, Elm will carry you through quiet reflective moments then weave you in with immersive sound and lyrics. They produce music that 'finds a perfect middle ground between intimate and cinematic' ( Frontman Dylan Walsh holds the audience captive with passion, poignancy and depth. His haunting vocal is accompanied by a provoking musical backdrop of atmospheric guitar, cello, synth and drums. Elm's sound is a personal experience to their fans, lending each listener a unique relationship to the band.

'Concentrate' is Elm's second single, the aim of which was to confront and highlight (or the lack thereof) the issue of transgender recognition. The bands strength of feeling surrounding the topic, and their passion, is successfully transferred to both music and lyric. The song is what I would imagine if Alt-J and Perfume Genius collaborated on a film soundtrack. Walsh's voice is certainly unique, and glides gently from clear soft vocals to impassioned tonal rasps. With building string arrangements, drums and a mournful guitar riff straddling both chorus and verse the song scratches at you emotionally, it really is a very fine and accomplished single, and at times like this I allow myself a little parochial smile that it has come from an Irish band.

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