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Fatherson - Sum Of All Your Parts | Album Review

September 20, 2018

 

There's something inherently magical about Kilmarnock's Fatherson, their music has always managed to find ways of ensnaring it's listeners like a soul trap, weaving its way through your very being and pulling on every heartstring it finds along the way. With their new album Sum Of All Your Parts you can multiply that analogy tenfold, as this could easily be considered their strongest body of work to date.

 

Have you ever heard a piano played like a heartbeat? That's how opening track 'The Rain' cascades in, vocalist Ross Leightons enchanting voice narrating the musical escalation, he utters the word 'violins' and a wave of strings rains down. Marc Strains rhythmic bassline shortly ushers in, culminating in an atmospheric instrumental moment that wouldn't be out of place in a sci-fi setting, bearing vast similarities to 65daysofstatics exceptional work on the No Man's Sky (videogame) soundtrack.

 

Fatherson don't just write songs these days, they write stories entwined with sound, personal fables for you to get lost in, painting pictures within the corridors of your mind. 'Making Waves', the first single release from this record comes across as the most humbled love song you might ever hear. While third track 'Gratitude' begins with a feint opening as a continuation of the lovestruck tone of its predecessor before delivering the crushingly downtrodden intro lyric; “I think I think too much”. There aren't very many artists that can channel self depreciation with such beguile, yet somehow the Scottish three piece continue this theme of anguish through 'Nothing To No One', featuring vocals from Sarah Howells (AKA Bryde) duet-ting gorgeously with Leighton in fleeting moments of this track, as well as glistening during her own secluded verses.

 

Something remarkable about this band is how well Ross's vocals can carry the junctures between the music, with little else needed to enthrall listeners besides his succinct voice, 'Ghost' echoes in with its huge chorus and earthly toned composition working in harmony with the desperate vocals and the intense crashes of Greg Walkinshaw's drumming.

 

'Reflection' stands above everything else on this record as a beacon of quality (if that were even possible on such a finely crafted anthology of sound) and is yet another soul touching, emotion drenched allegory that reaches into the essence of human rumination. Second single release 'Charm School' is Sum Of All Your Parts' big bombastic moment, the huge anthem, the one you can really dance to that'll resonate perfectly in a live environment and get the crowds going.

 

This trio are one of those bands that operate at the very forefront of emotional output mattering the most, but one of the most impressive things about them is how they manage to accomplish all that they do with such finesse, sacrificing none of their integrity in the process. Somehow they still manage to find room for improvement with each release, every album more adeptly executed than the last, it seems almost impossible to fathom that this band hasn't already exploded into arena status. Sum Of All Your Parts is a masterpiece, and though Fatherson may not go down in history as one of the biggest bands in the world, to the people who do know their music they'll surely go down as one of the best.

Score: 10/10

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