Why it seems like only a few months ago I was gushing about The Impending Adorations, the latest name for a Paul McLaney project. Oh, well, um, it was only months ago – he released Gestalt at the end of 2012 and then, boom, here we go with album number two, McLaney himself commenting at the surprise of the swift follow-up.
And to listen to the music you wouldn’t hear anything resembling a rush – you don’t get that from the music and you don’t feel that it’s been rushed out, creation-wise.
Once again McLaney positions himself at the foothills of the rubble of past love-songs, creating a post-dubstep amalgam of gospel and soulful indie-pop – viz: To Have And To Hold.
There’s something so utterly gorgeous about the way these proud songs unfold, sonic sculptures, scriptures as much as they’re ever pop tunes.
I guess I’m hearing in this what other people are finding from the latest James Blake or in some of the other artists such as Active Child and How To Dress Well to name just two.
With The Impending Adorations I feel a weight within the song, a grit and gravitas. It’s something special. Not designed for everyone. Not designed on a whim. Not designed as such. I hear something deeply spiritual, dreamy, evocative and, yes it’s best to simply say – lovely. There’s (another) something very lovely here. So easy to get lost in the trance-like beauty of this.