Harrys Gym

Our Nordic neighbours certainly do know how to rock in the progressive way; following in the footsteps of the likes of Mew and Sigur Ros, Harrys Gym's debut album is possibly as chilled out as prog rock gets without your CD freezing in its player. Opener 'Top Of The Hill' is an absolutely gorgeous way to start off the album with its soft, angelic vocals and soaring, dreamlike finale setting the standard and expectations high for the following nine tracks. Thankfully the Norwegian quartet manage it in style with tracks like 'Whisper' and 'Turn Away' being equally as dreamy with Anne-Lise Frokedal's vocals captivating the soul and leaving you wondering if it's possible to fall in love with someone purely on the basis of their singing. Harrys Gym aren't one-trick ponies though with 'Attic' showing an altogether more sinister side of the band with the heavy synths adding a menacing tone to the proceedings while Frokedal is suitably intimidating as she declares "there's not a little safe spot in the attic". The synths come back in a big way for the final track 'Sarah83' which proves to be the only real misstep on the album as they just end up sounding like someone mis-tuned them resulting in a track that is hard on the ears especially when compared to the massage they've received over the rest of the album. Hopefully it won't prove to be the band's desired future direction though as their chilled out prog rock sounds can easily fill the gap left by Sigur Ros' current hiatus and possibly overtake their Icelandic counterparts as the go-to guys for the next O2 advert.



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