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CD Pre-Review: Navigator by Her Name Is Calla


Her Name Is Calla’s newest release is a fine example of the hallmark traits of the mysterious and chameleonic world of Post-Rock. While no two tracks sound the same, they are unified by the ethereal texture and atmosphere which creeps through this album. Its steady and calculated, with several layers of sound creating a chaotic resonance, but that same resonance allows for an immense scope and haunting presence. No method of music production is out of the question. Acoustic guitars, synthesizers, pianos, strings and god only knows what else take turns leading and supporting one another, keeping the listener on their toes as to what might happen next. Particularly attention grabbing are the moments when the band allows well-crafted dissonance to lurk forward in the mix, making the already mysterious sounding songs darker and more unnerving, particularly when said dissonance is birthed from what sounds like the static interference of plugging cables in and out, or attacking the string section without regard for tempo or melody. Topped off by singer Tom Morris’s mournful voice, Navigator is as unsettling as it is enchanting, and deserves a place on the shelf of any fan of post rock and experimental music.


Dane Pavitt
As a university fresher in the big world, curiosity brought me to the local rock & metal bar, where for the first time I heard the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera and Slayer. Since then I’ve played as a rock DJ across the midlands, hosted my own radio show, seen dozens of bands at concerts and festivals, and become an entirely better person because of the influence of music, as my library continues to expand and diversify. Other favourites include Black Sabbath, Dio, Queen, David Bowie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, The Who, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Nightwish, Danzig, Brendon Small, Devin Townsend, Testament, Emperor, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Neil Diamond and countless others, though I’ll listen to anything that sparks an opinion. Cheers and horns up!