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Album Review: Outlive Your Body by Firesuite

Firesuite release their final album Outlive Your Body on 17th November. The record was written and recorded during a particularly turbulent personal time, which is dealt with explicitly in the lyrics. Both in terms of the band coming to an end and the disintegration of a family. Musically it takes in post-rock soundscapes as well as intimate string laden chamber pop, and touches on their various influences. It’s a dense passion project and a fitting soundtrack for the end.

From opening track ‘Deadbeat’ through to closer ‘Lights’ there’s a finality to Outlive Your Body. At times it’s melancholic and bleak, you’re taken on a very real and personal journey through the lives of the band – it’ been pushed to the limits and this is the end.

Recorded by John Sephton at Old Pig Farm Studios, Sheffield. It was mixed by John Sephton, as well as Dave Sanderson (65DOS) & mastered by Dean Honer (Mew). Firesuite have been noted as releasing an eclectic array of material across the years, and have shared stages with bands like And So I Watch You From Afar & Rolo Tomassi. Outlive Your Body is a culmination of everything they’ve done thus far.

The instrumental opener ‘Deadbeat’ holds a lot of power, taking you through a dark post-rock landscape, it’s emotionally wrought and affecting. Yet if you think it carries power then you’re not adequately prepared for what follows. Overall, it’s a very powerful and moving album with each track seeped in a wealth of emotion and fragility, it’s a challenging and powerful listen that couldn’t be any more rewarding.

The vocal work of ‘Sea Forgets My Name’ is astounding before the riffs carry the weight and impact within ‘Little Sacrifices’. Both are extremely strong in their own ways. ‘Even Hand’ revels in its expansiveness before the standout track ‘Harbour’ announces itself with a barrage of heavy riffs. The track develops into a spacious and powerful soundscape that embodies the sense of escaping and moving onto something bigger than everyday life. The bassline drives while the guitar work varies between heavy and post-rock intricates.

‘SJVL’ deals with friendship in a uniquely moving post-rock landscape, while ‘Wolves Below’ pushes a post-punk feeling that while moving also makes this the most instantaneous and uplifting track on the album. The fragile elements of ‘Edge of Earth’ and ‘Spaceport’ are strong efforts but are somehow cast into the shadows by the raw power and emotion of ‘Eulogy’. It has to be heard to be believed. With the album closing with the expansiveness of both ‘Womb’ and ‘Lights’ you’re left deeply moved. This is something truly special, set aside an hour and let this album take you over.

Astounding

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