Home Alternative Music LISTEN! HEARTBREAK NOIR – Main Arcana E.P. ‘good mix of shoegazey goth dreampop!’

LISTEN! HEARTBREAK NOIR – Main Arcana E.P. ‘good mix of shoegazey goth dreampop!’

LISTEN! HEARTBREAK NOIR – Main Arcana E.P. ‘good mix of shoegazey goth dreampop!’


LISTEN! HEARTBREAK NOIR – Major Arcana E.P. ‘perfect blend of shoegazey goth dreampop!’

Heartbreak Noir are an offshoot of The Faces of Sarah, a band who began out within the London different scene within the late Nineteen Nineties. Because the FoS sound advanced throughout the years, it appears some songs simply weren’t a pure match and Nick Schultz despatched off demos of those to Emma Newby. Then, whereas taking part in a particular acoustic present in Germany in December 2022, the pair found that they loved the totally different really feel of the set, and in Newby’s phrases there was one thing about ‘…placing the fervour of taking part in with a full band into a really stripped down format that actually appears to maneuver individuals.’ Impressed to hold on in that vein, they recorded the E.P. Main Arcana.

Nevertheless, ‘very stripped down’ has change into not-so-very-stripped-down-at-all underneath the manufacturing of Stephen Carey, maybe greatest identified for being the inventive pressure behind The Eden Home, alongside Tony Pettitt of Fields of The Nephilim. In actual fact, Schultz sang backing vocals on The Eden Home music Timeflows, and so it’s clear that Heartbreak Noir’s goth credentials are intact, however how does the band really feel about that blended blessing of an affiliation? Contemporary from some dates supporting the rebooted Rose of Avalanche, Newby tells me; 

We have been each massive followers again within the 90s and that is the music we discovered inspirational, and so for that cause it’s a privilege to be related to so many good bands that paved the way in which. We have a tendency to search out that, identical to us, nearly all of individuals we meet have broad musical style that expands outdoors of the style, so we undoubtedly don’t write with Goth in thoughts, however it’s good to have an anchor and belong someplace; we will paint the canvas outwards from that time.”

One of many necessary features of Heartbreak Noir’s skill to ‘paint outwards’ is that Schultz reveals himself as a vocalist working properly outdoors of that sub-Eldritch growl so ubiquitous in goth, each previous and new. 


The Key is an emphatic opener, with an atmospheric Pink Floydian introduction, full with citrusy Spanish guitar which units up an imaginary scene in an ethereal spaghetti Western; all mud motes and low solar. Carey’s manufacturing and instrumentation is throughout this like a welcome and beautiful rash, together with his trademark majestic spangling and panoramic use of stereo. Schultz is a correct vocalist; greater than only a singer as a result of there’s efficiency in what he does, he and Newby are appropriate foils for each other. The Key is likely to be the good neo-Eurovision type ballad you’ll ever hear, like that shock outsider everybody loves however that solely comes second, just because it’s too good to truly win.


No assortment of shoegazey goth dreampop can be full with no music in a 6/4 or 3/4 time signature, and for the non-musicians on the market, that simply means it’s one thing that swings like a waltz. And right here we’ve it; a wadge of angelic vocals opens Shallow Depths, dovetailing into muted, slow-motion, tribal toms and framed with that symphonic octave guitar approach a lot beloved of the likes of Wayne Hussey and Robin Guthrie. Newby takes the lead on vocals right here. Extra of her later.


The intriguingly titled Are You My Killer units a balladlike virtually King Crimson/Pink Floyd-like ambiance. Heartbreak Noir’s toes could stroll upon gothic floor, however their hearts appear to additionally beat within the up to date prog space. There’s nothing right here that will disturb a Steven Wilson fan. (Shh! It’s a bit like Candyman. When you say SW’s identify thrice, he’ll present up and remix your observe!). Impressed by the Manchester Area bombing, that is darkly romantic, all bleeding hearts and love, and tastefully melodramatic. Simply once you suppose this music has spilled forth all of its splendour, at virtually 6 and a half minutes in, comes the decidedly Gilmour-esque guitar solo. This has to be Stephen Carey, who does David Gilmour like no person else, aside from, properly, David Gilmour. That’s to not take something away from it. It’s the über good cherry on this luxurious cake of a music.

In Carry the Veil we’ve acquired one other waltz, albeit a extra up-tempo one. The delicate tom tribalism is as soon as once more employed, supporting vocal melodies and counter melodies which are genuinely catchy, hooky and memorable, and which burst into an anthemic however not pompous refrain that may have Mission followers clambering on shoulders to chuck reams of paper confetti into the air. That is good songwriting, with rigorously deliberate dynamics and a convincing sense of move.


Subsequent is Cimmerian Shade – and no, it’s not a canopy of the Silence of The Lambs impressed music sung from the attitude of serial killer Buffalo Invoice, by Angelo De Augustine and Sufjan Stevens. It’s yet one more swinging, swaying 6/8-er. Emma Newby’s tone is seductively wealthy and heat, with none operatic histrionics to undergo, and no flimsy feyness both. Her voice has a refined, engaging authority and importantly, a believability. With Schultz, these his ‘n’ hers vocals pleasingly weave in and round each other, blissfully backdropped by Carey’s celestial guitar orchestration.


These first 5 tracks from the E.P / mini album benefit from the full Carey remedy however I’m very humbly knowledgeable that the ultimate two tracks are ‘residence studio high quality’.  Should be a stately residence then as a result of they’re removed from lo-fi. What’s extra, these two stunning add-ons are enhanced by the presence of Ukrainian violin virtuoso, Anna Mozolevych. 


Within the acoustic providing of Are You My Killer, the violin is so extraordinarily but tastefully handled, that it presents as semi-amorphous sound sculpture. This can be a courageous tackle the music because it’s massive sister electrical model is such a beautiful sonic behemoth, but as a result of it’s such a in another way flavoured take, it succeeds in holding its personal. On this model we’ve some spoken phrase, which isn’t a straightforward factor to hold off, and except you’re The Proclaimers, is usually delivered in a transatlantic accent, regardless of the place the narrator is from. Fortunately these phrases are carried with what I hear as a slight Estuary English accent. The narration, complied by Newby and delivered by Schultz, is taken from the poem This Is The Place, written by Tony Walsh – who performs underneath the identify ‘Longfella’. Walsh learn the poem out to crowds on the vigil held Manchester’s Albert Sq. within the aftermath of Manchester Area bombing in 2017. To say it’s shifting is one thing of an understatement.


The closing observe is the acoustic model of Shallow Depths. I could possibly be projecting my private pursuits right here, so apologies, however there’s one thing of a People Horror really feel to this, with its tumbling medieval rhythm and the violin sounding virtually flute-like at factors, all conspiring to create a trip on an alternate actuality Island of Summerisle however the place no person will get torched.


Heartbreak Noir can be taking part in in Europe on the finish of this 12 months and are additionally engaged on a full acoustic album launch for the tip of November. As for Faces of Sarah, they’re simply on what Newby calls ‘a protracted overdue vacation’ and reassures us that ‘…there would be the odd music to share right here and there with some particular visitor musicians.


The Main Arcana E.P. is on the market from Friday twenty first July on Bandcamp.


  1. The Key
  2. Shallow Depths
  3. Are You My Killer
  4. Carry The Veil
  5. Cimmerian Shade
  1. Are You My Killer (acoustic)
  2. Shallow Depths (acoustic)

LISTEN! HEARTBREAK NOIR – Major Arcana E.P. ‘perfect blend of shoegazey goth dreampop!’

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