The Yorkshire five-piece are back with their first album in eight years and what a comeback.
The album starts with Protection, opening with gnarly bursts of dark synth and pounding electro beats. This is something so very unexpected.
With their sixth studio album, Embrace have shifted dramatically in sound, eschewing the MOR indie flavour of their last effort. They’re re-writing the script of a story all too often told of comebacks.
Danny reveals: “It just feels like we’re starting over. That’s why we called it Embrace, cos it’s like we’re redefining ourselves. Loads of titles came out, but they felt quite limiting. Calling it Embrace just felt right.”
Indeed. In The End continues the drive with soaring vocals and first single Refugees sees Danny’s brother Richard taking vocal duties of spiking electronics, building into an anthemic chorus. Exhilarating.
There are no laurels here to rest on. Embrace are clearly and explicitly uncompromising with their re-discovered passion. There are flames in the bellies of each track on here, whether it’s in the soaring, string-laden indie-rock balladry of I Run – the closest the band get to the Embrace of old – or the brisk industrial clang of Self Attack Mechanism.
As bold and ambitious musically as this album is, it’s vulnerable and enigmatic lyrically. “I want to feel safe,” urges Danny on A Thief On My Island, an unsettling symphony of stark piano and strings and explosive electronics – six minutes which perfectly embody Embrace’s applied ambiguity.
Catch Embrace on tour next month >>
Friday May 9 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Saturday May 10 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday May 11 – Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday May 13 – Bristol O2 Academy
Wednesday May 14 – Leeds O2 Academy
Friday May 16 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday May 17 – Manchester Academy
Sunday May 18 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday May 20 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Wednesday May 21 – London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
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