Mice on Stilts: Hope for a Mourning - review

by James Belfield / 10 May, 2016
James Belfield reviews a new release from “seven-piece collaboration” Mice on Stilts.
LS1716_58_SUP_mice-on-stiltsNothing screams prog more than a band describing themselves as a “seven-piece collaboration” and opening for Yes during a one-off 2014 performance in Auckland, but Mice on Stilts are anything but bombastic 70s pastiche. Building on the folkish opening of Khandallah (inspired by the Wellington suburb’s name, which means “resting place of God”), Benjamin Morley’s deep, plaintive tones underscore bold, dark soundscapes punctuated by urgent, nightmarish outbursts in their first full-length outing, Hope for a Mourning. They peak in their bleakest moments (YHWH and Funeral), but have the skill to weave jazz and classical arrangements around genre-staple influences such as Radiohead and Pink Floyd to create an atmospheric tour de force.

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