THE DAWN CHORUS THE BIG ADVENTURE
Album review by Glitterbitch
Quaint ink illustrations of country life and bygone days adorn the seemingly hand crafted green sleeve to The Dawn Chorus debut album The Big Adventure. The smell and the touch of the paper alone are enough to give a strong indication of the contents within yet even though the very first Dylan-esque chord that rings out suggests that a simple English folk record is to follow there is, in fact, something far more interesting awaiting.
An early indication of the albums struggle between dreams and reality, hope and loss, joy and sorrow can be found in the poignant, personal and poetic words that are sung so beautifully by Kyle Euans on the self titled The Big Adventure Part 1: I am touching the clouds with each step that I take/But Im moored on dry land/Im stuck where I stand. Even though a sombre tone underlies the melody there is also reason to feel optimistic and find inspiration in the final words of the song: and if I never find my way back home at least Ive found my Neverland. There is no time to lament this thought, however, as the mood shifts instantly, as it often does throughout the record, with the arrival of Part 2, an almost remixed full band version of the first stripped, bare and exposed part, complete with rousing horns which bring the album to life.
Debut single 'The Hope Will Kill Us All' quickly follows and takes
us on another completely different journey, removing the listener from
the comforting sounds of strings, piano and horns into more edgy depths
with dark and dirty guitars leading in a modern indie-folk anthem. 'Come
On Home' bounces along like classic English pop from nineties bands
such as The Wonderstuff, making you feel that you should be linking
arms with the