When you search for ‘haunting’ in a dictionary, what seems to be a re-occurring definition is ‘remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten’ and that is exactly what Black Soul Stranger’s latest single, “The Haunting”, is; its certainly not quickly forgotten.
Hailing from Ireland, assumptions could be made that they’ll be ‘the next Ash’ but these assumptions are quickly dismissed as Black Soul Stranger’s music is quite obviously inspired by musical legends such as Joy Division and Damon Albarn.
“The Haunting” gives the audience just under 4 minutes of thrilling and bone-tingling poetry, which is stashed alongside infectious hooks similar to those of The Temper Trap. Overall, a very good effort from the Irish four-piece and I hope that their debut album, Animate which is scheduled for release in May 2010, offers more fare of this standard.
© Lauren Towner, Music Vice
(n.b. We don’t normally review singles – hence this being filed under ‘album reviews’ – but occasional exceptions this will be made, when worthy, as in this case to introduce a promising new band. – Brian, Editor)