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Album Review: Rescue by Samoans

Sometimes an album blows you away. Sometimes you hear a band for the first time and it’s a sucker punch, you ask yourself how you haven’t come across the band before and you’re left craving more. Welsh math rock band Samoans’ debut album Rescue has left everybody in Alt Dialogue headquarters speechless. You’ll have to excuse this tardy review, coming 3 days after release; we just needed time to sort through the superlatives we could use to describe Rescue.

To conjure an image of how Samoans sound take the blend of math and post rock produced by And So I Watch You From Afar, mix with some Vertigo Of Bliss era Biffy Clyro, throw in the expansive post rock of God Is An Astronaut and take a smattering of the emo hooks of American Football. It’s big billing and yet it probably doesn’t do their sound justice – there’s something unique about the sound.

Rescue sounds massive from start to finish; it’s a life affirming sound that goes straight to your very core. Each track will strike an emotional cord and ingrain itself, you’ll find the melodies running your head hours after you’ve finished listening.


Album opener ‘Tightrope Walker Complex’ is an unreserved post rock masterpiece. It soars with mellow and intricate guitars creating a wonderful atmosphere. ‘Lightening Beneath the Sea’ goes for a more straight out rock sound. The riffs sound bursting and full of meat, heavy but yet melodic. You get the first real glimpse of how powerful and affecting the vocals are. Verging on the grunge side, you can feel the emotion pulsating through. ‘I Am Your Destiny’ showcases the vocal range of Catamaran, soaring and swooping throughout. A relatively slow paced number, the guitars take a backseat and you can really appreciate the excellent musicianship on display.

‘The Moth’ is superb. Take this as your benchmark of how measured and complete sounding math rock should be. The guitar work is magnificent; the song alternates between big crunching riffs and intricate doodles. Just listen to the guitar work from 2 and half minutes onwards – excellence. ‘Give Me A Place To Stand….’ and ‘Llifo’ act as instrumental interludes bracketing the superb ‘Dancing on the Sea Lion’ and the raucous Biffy Clyro-esque ‘A Thousand Knifes, A Thousand Wives’.

‘Dancing on the Sea Lion’ has an excellent melody, refined and controlled it has radio friendly hit written all over it. It is ridiculously instantaneous. ‘A Thousand Knifes, A Thousand Wives’ starts off slow paced before developing into a wall of intricate guitars. Going for the quiet – loud – quiet – loud approach the song showcases both the fantastic vocal and the real talent that produces such complex yet direct guitar parts.

‘Apia’ is a track of two opposites. The first part being a delicate and considered laid back affair before the track explodes with a cacophony of guitars. It’ll hit you like a lorry on first listen, and then you’ll come to love the mash of tones. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know how we love a good album closer and with ‘Wearing Shorts In Scotland’ Rescue comes to a perfect close. The truly great album closers encompass everything that went before it. Soaring expansive guitars re-create the wonderful post rock opening; intricate riffs replicate the brilliant guitar throughout and the life affirming vocal makes you want to sing-a-long.

Rescue is an outstanding debut and hints that great things are still to come from Samoans. You’ll be hard pushed to listen to album without hitting play again as soon as it finishes.

AD Rating 9.5/10

1 Comment on Album Review: Rescue by Samoans

  1. I’ve spent far too long reading your blog already so I’ll make this quick :p just wanted to say if you get the chance to see Samoans live DO IT, preferably outside at sunset! They’re amazing ❤

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