The musical interlude opening of ‘Ocean’ makes for quite a soothing and unique start to the album, closely followed by ‘Sea Without Water’, a toe tapping number which works well to set the tone for the collection. Stuart Drummond may not have the strongest vocals among the flurry of artists beginning their careers now, but it’s hard not to nod your head to the musicianship regardless.
‘Nocturnal’ is a sure fire hit when it comes to live shows, the guitars and drums almost certain to find fans and listeners clapping and dancing along. By the time ‘Heart That Haunts’ begins, it’s hard to ignore the fact that each number sounds a little similar to its predecessor, individuals no doubt waiting earnestly for that one stand out track to play from their speakers.
‘Broken’ introduces itself as the slowest number so far, the vocals at one point sounding eerily like David Bowie, but it’s the power of Stuart’s vocals as he calls out the chorus that makes it worthy of a repeat listen.
The piano on ‘Ghost Of A Smile’ presents the number as the poppiest so far, and it’s certainly the most exciting and catchy – ultimately it’s the kind of song that really works for the band. It would seem that the quintet have by now find their true style as ‘WW/Me’ maintains the rocky feel to the music, the steady drum beat in the background over the ghostly vocals working really well. Therefore, when the piece ends, launching almost instantaneously into ‘I See Suns’, there is little let down in the pace of the music making the latter half of this album the far more enjoyable.
It’s a little disappointing then that title track ‘Hinterland’ returns to the slow pace of the earlier material and is shorter than perhaps expected, but somehow, the solemn closer ‘A Map Made From My Bones’ is a fitting end.