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Guillemots - Hello Land!

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Artist.................: Guillemots
Album................: Hello Land!
Genre................: Indie
Source...............: CD
Year..................: 2012
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BBC Review
Guillemots - Hello Land! Review
Wyndham Wallace

Another lesson in modest brilliance from the former Brit and Mercury nominees.

They creep up on you, Guillemots, as the best music so often does. There’s no boasting, there are few brash novelties – unless you count their plan to release four albums in one year, of which this is the first, a record released without any word of warning – and, if they’ve been slung out of Soho bars late at night, the news has never made the headlines. Their music, however, is full of a sophisticated charm that sidles quietly into one’s heart before quietly whispering that it’s arrived. That’s the music that often stays the longest.

Hello Land! was recorded at an undisclosed mountain hideaway in Norway, and the environment seems to have lent these eight songs a genuine pastoral calm. That’s especially apparent on Outside, which begins with the sound of feet trampling the show, and the nine-minute Byebyeland, an instrumental that might be considered shoegaze it if weren’t perpetually staring at the stars.

Nothing here lacks the ambition and arrangements that have characterised the band’s career to date. Founder Fyfe Dangerfield’s classical training continues to flourish: the album wafts in on reverb-drenched guitars and gentle breezes of flute (courtesy of the Norwegian Flute Ensemble) before Up On the Ride gets underway, Dangerfield’s restrained falsetto floating atop intricate instrumentation ready to warm those longing for Radiohead to return to the heartfelt sentiment of The Bends. It doesn’t take long, however, for the track to transform into the kind of joyous indie pop perfected by The Magic Numbers, and a similar trick is undertaken on Fleet, which evolves from its sparse, pastoral introduction into a white soul tune, complete with funk guitars. Imagine something The Blue Nile might have recorded had they not been so despondent.

Nothing’s Going to Bring Me Down could also merit a Blue Nile comparison, its sincerity unquestionable, Dangerfield’s voice imbued with the same sense of comforting, you’re-not-alone longing as Paul Buchanan’s. Southern Winds, though, is more reminiscent of David Crosby’s early solo work, or even Simon & Garfunkel, its acoustic guitar nestling amid flutes and the incongruous pop and crackle of vinyl. It’s this sense of the unexpected that makes Guillemots such a treasure: they don’t beg for attention. They simply deserve it.


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Guillemots - Hello Land!
4 stars
by John Murphy

A change is as good as a rest, so they say. Guillemots have obviously embraced this ethos full-scale, as, just over a year since their last album Walk The River, it's all change for the exotically named quartet.

Something had to be done to revitalise the band. Walk The River was, in truth, a mediocre effort and nowhere near the quality of their sparklingly inventive debut. And while their live shows remained as joyous as ever, the impression remained of a band on their last legs.

The solution? A split with the old record company, a relocation to Norway, and an ambitious plan to release four album during 2012, each coinciding with the seasons. The first, Hello Land!, has taken everyone by surprise, suddenly released online with absolutely no prior fanfare, and sees the band return to their experimental origins.

At only 8 tracks long, with a couple of instrumentals and an average song lasting nearly 6 minutes, it's clear that the band have found a new freedom in not being pressurised to write a hit single. Not that this is the Guillemots' Metal Machine Music - any track here could fit snugly onto a radio playlist - but there's a calmness and assured presence on Hello Land that hasn't really been there since Through The Windowpane.

Spring Bells is an almost ambient instrumental to welcome you in, before things take a pleasantly odd turn with Up On The Ride. It's pretty much, to coin a phrase, a song of two halves: Fyfe Dangerfield helms the first few minutes with a beautifully fragile vocal, before a mid-section of what sounds like a self-help tape rambling on, and then a gorgeous Phil Spector-like coda sung by Aristazabal Hawkes of "stay with me baby".

Surprises abound. The longest track here, Byebyeland, pulls off the tricky effect of sounding utterly calming while cramming an awful lot into its nine minutes. It's effectively an instrumental, but with all manner of odd effects and Dangerfield and Hawkes' ethereal, wordless vocals, the effect is spine-tingling.

Of the more conventional songs, Nothing's Going To Bring Me Down is a particular highlight, with lyrics like "I couldn't get much lower anyway" hinting at troubles underneath the seemingly calm surface. The pastoral Summer Wind and the deceptively funky Fleet are probably the most old-school Guillemots here, although no tracks on Hello Land are likely to scare off the casual fan.

It's an intriguing experiment, and a largely successful one at that. By the time that the dramatic orchestration on the closing I Lie Down has faded away, you're already eagerly marking the days on the calendar off until the next instalment in Guillemots' new adventure.


The multinational Guillemots (sometimes written gUiLLeMoTs), comprised of English singer and classically trained pianist Fyfe Dangerfield, Brazilian guitarist MC Lord Magrao, Scottish percussionist Greig Stewart (aka Rican Caol), and Canadian double bassist Aristazabal Hawkes, use their eclectic influences and personal styles to create a catchy pop sound and an energetic live show that have won them many fans in their British home base. Their first album, Through the Windowpane, was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize. Their second album, Red, reached number 9 in the UK Albums Chart in the same month. After touring all through 2008 and Fyfe releasing a solo record the band finished their third record Walk the River released on April 18, 2011.

Hello Land! is the first of four albums that they will release over the course of the year in association with The state51 Conspiracy. The album was recorded in Norway and produced by Jonas Raab.



1. (00:01:50) Guillemots - Spring Bells
2. (00:06:46) Guillemots - Up On the Ride
3. (00:04:41) Guillemots - Fleet
4. (00:05:04) Guillemots - Southern Winds
5. (00:06:52) Guillemots - Outside
6. (00:04:18) Guillemots - Nothing's Going to Bring Me Down
7. (00:09:04) Guillemots - Byebyeland
8. (00:06:04) Guillemots - I Lie Down

Playing Time.........: 00:44:39
Total Size.............: 261.00 MB (FLAC)
Total Size.............: 103.00 MB (MP3)

Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.0 (DR)
Analyzed: Guillemots / Hello Land!
Number of tracks: 8
Codec: FLAC
Official DR value: DR7



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