In a sentence:
Venturing into gloomy, psychedelic space-rock territory on their sophomore album ‘Devastation’, Pumarosa continue their development.
Since their first release ‘Priestess’ in 2015, London-based five-piece
Pumarosa have been forging and refining their electro-punk sound; anthemic
yet angst-ridden, driving yet dreamy. Their latest album release Devastation
sees their music dive into much darker heavier territory than in their previous
work. The material heard on Pumarosa’s 2017 album release The Witch verged more on
the side of psychedelic pop, but Devastation has taken the group into
the depths of gritty space rock.
The album begins with the hard-hitting drum intro of leading
single ‘Fall Apart’,
throwing the listener straight into a heavy, almost industrial groove. The haunting
vocal style of singer-guitarist Isabel Munoz-Newsome sets a great tone for the
rest of the album, with an eerie delivery, a slight distortion. Throughout Devastation,
Pumarosa set about exploring the boundaries of this sound, and push the limits
of what emotions they can evoke in the listener without any of the tracks
sounding out of place in the work as a whole. From the lighter, wistful psychedelia
heard on ‘Heaven’, to the
post-apocalyptic sludgey drive of ‘Into The Woods’.
Overall, Devastation is a fantastic collection of
gloomy space music. The consistency in the style and sound throughout really
gives the sense that this album is a whole piece of work, with a considered
tracklist to guide the listener through the appropriate peaks and troughs. Pumarosa
have seamlessly fused harsh electro rhythms and intense murky guitar tones to
create an exciting hybrid sound that they can claim as their own, and hopefully
the group will continue to nurture the unique features of their music, and make
more consistently good material. (8/10) (Jacob Kendrew)
Listen to Devastation by Pumarosa here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Devastation, Fiction, Isabel Munoz-Newsome, Jacob Kendrew, Pumarosa, review
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