- 08 Oct 19
Excellent effort from Irish alt-folk crew
With a well-established fanbase and a major upcoming tour, Brave Giant clearly have an effective alt-folk formula. But, experimental lads that they are, they've taken the leap towards rock on their debut album, White, Pink + Blue. And it works brilliantly.
Lead single 'Wizards + Witches' gives a good insight into this new direction: it's catchy, upbeat, and will sound even better live. The booming synths, rocking drums, and relatable lyrics make for a seriously intoxicating mix.
As for the rest of the album, Brave Giant's ability to incorporate different influences is hugely impressive, be it folk from mandolinist/banjoist Ross McNerney on 'Otherside'; pulsing drum beats from Emmett Collum on 'Lake Of Anna'; or edgy harmonies from Podge Gill and Mark Prunty on the anthemic 'Saviour'.
It all culminates on the album closer, stirring ballad 'Hand Me Downs'. The track builds to a stunning crescendo, and you get lost in the layers of irresistible melodies. Indeed, as billed in the album title, the track journeys through the blues of depression; the pinks of love; and the whites of hope.
Their debut album only hit shelves last week, and Brave Giant are already playing to packed-out houses. These 11 excellent songs should increase their fanbase even further.