One of the most gratifying and thrilling things about being into emerging music is the rewarding feeling of discovery when you stumble across an artist that’s sonically unparalleled and beyond comparison. Cork’s God Alone are one such band. Whilst it’s easy to detail individual aspects of their output, to attempt to compare their work another artist, let alone pigeonhole it into a singular genre, is nigh on impossible. It’s a fact the young Irish quintet demonstrate phenomenally with their self titled third EP, a release that’s destined to be fawned over and praised heavily upon it’s release. To be put simply, God Alone have created a release that’s thrillingly fresh and unlike anything else on the market currently.
Over the course of four tracks that span over 30 minutes, God Alone showcase their exuberant skill and creativity via an entire plethora of influences and stylings. EP opener ‘Feeling On Tic’, a play on the infamous Simpsons song ‘Can I Borrow A Feeling’ demonstrates this immediately. Initially intensely claustrophobic and dissonantly chaotic, the track gushes between hardcore tormented urgency and contemplative sombreness before breaking down into a blackened frenzy that’s marred by post-rock shoegaze and haunted wailings. There’s elements of blackgaze, hardcore, post-rock and infectious groove present, but yet, none of these elements feel shoehorned or violently forced into the mix. The track’s a natural documentation of the collective inner workings of the collective and flows with liquid fluidity.
‘Ke Ra’ ensures this dissonant atmosphere stays intoxicatingly afloat, with caged wails overlaying an abrasive synth dotted soundscape that’s punctuated by periods of juxtaposing Celtic jubilance and white-hot black-metal rage. Much like the release as a whole, the track swings from damaged despondency to delirious mania at a moments notice, with the two often dancing together simultaneously in a cavort of deranged passion. It’s moments like these where the brilliant beauty of God Alone shines gleefully, with the group utilising their wealth of skill and influences to create an aesthetic and atmosphere that’s sickingly rich.
Also completely atypical is the madcap ‘Madting’, a track that harks and reminiscences thoughts of a broad range groups including Amenra, Holy Fawn, Three Trapped Tigers, The Fall Of Troy and even early Foals. It’s an eight minute saga that begins as a blistering onslaught of emotion that eventually breaks down into a neon strobelighted dance party of hysterical proportions, that in theory, just shouldn’t be possible. But such is the evident skill of God Alone.
This record is a successful experiment in genre dynamism that is a groundbreaking and earth shattering success, one that shall inevitably inspire and urge young musical creatives to further probe the unknown. It proves to be utterly unique to the very end, with the ten minute post-rock-acid-jazz showstopper of ‘Yes Aii’’ showcasing the group’s fervent skill in creating walls of remarkable noise via expanded instrumentation. ‘Yes Aii’ further showcases God Alone’s skill with jarring time signatures and celestial beauty in a fashion that’s comparable to Rolo Tomassi and on par with Daughters in terms of jarring atmospheric creativity.
To reinstate, there’s nothing truly like God Alone and this EP screams this fact from the sweat lined subterranean cave in which they emerged from. An authentically impeccable and bedazzling offering from a band that just bristle with unlimited promise. Get on this band immediately.
God Alone Is Released Friday 8th November Via Cosmonaut Music