Funeral Suits - Lily Of The Valley
Starting at the end is never fully just. Not unless it’s a review of Lily of the Valley, the transfixing debut from Dublin’s alternative art rock quartet Funeral Suits. Closing track ‘I Still Love The High’ is two minutes and fifty seconds of tremendously creepy distortion. Its heartbeat thuds, gloomy, echoing guitar strums, and lingering, distant vocals apocalyptically warp the listener’s mind, leaving you stranded in a dim hypnosis; an impressive climax to an album that is essentially a musical voyage down the yellow brick road - except you won’t want to go home.
Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur), this album is a unique collection, demonstrated by the diversity of the three singles released to date. Debut single ‘Colour Fade’ mixes elevating electronica, an infectious dance beat, and a vocal that is at times forceful, and at others anthemic. To that compare second single ‘Health’, a downbeat art rock track with woeful overtones. ‘All Those Friendly People’, the latest single to emerge, is a spirit lifting indie-pop song with looping, high electronica tones, and a pleasing bass line; the birth child of Franz Ferdinand and The Maccabees. From the sorrowful violin and vocals, and raw acoustic guitar in ‘We Only Attack Ourselves’, to the angular pop sounds of ‘Florida’, this is an album of mixed and distorted genres that gel and flow without obtrusion.