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Farandicus - Single Review: CSM

23 Jul 2020 // A review by Isla Norman
Farandicus is a six-piece from Northland. Their rich harmonies and complex instrumental arrangements allow for an impressive discography of engaging releases. "Combining the musical backgrounds of all members, the Farandicus sound is smooth, clean and soulful".


The band’s latest release CSM starts with a foreboding acapella counting. "One two three / if I open my eyes I’ll be / back inside your room". Vocalist Nicola Probert’s performance is almost sinister, with powerful undertones. She describes this verse as "a desperate plea" that her loneliness might be a dream, like "a dark, and sad hide and seek". There is a power in the delivery though; this is a woman who has been crossed, and it won’t be happening again.

A bright electric guitar pushes the song forward so it can land on the hook line it doesn’t make sense. The rolling rhythm section and backing vocals turn CSM into a killer retro ballad. The addition of percussion in the second verse gives the piece movement. CSM is a slow build, featuring almost cinematic moments and an all-around epic performance.

Listening to CSM is a simultaneously soul-crushing and empowering experience. You’ll need a glass of wine, but it’s well worth the listen. CSM is the first of 12 tracks to be released this year on an album titled It Doesn’t Make Sense.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Farandicus

Farandicus are a six-piece band based in Northland. Combining the varied musical backgrounds of all members, the Farandicus sound is smooth, clean and soulful.




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