"Waves" by Halls // Love to Give (Out 2.10.14 via No Pain in Pop)
It’s been a while since we last heard from London based artist, Sam Howard's musical project, Halls. And what a difference that two years has made. The artist’s previous album, Ark, was a dark, ambient laced bedroom pop creation that felt contained and lonely, but was quite lovely at the same time. On the new album’s first single, “Waves”, something else is taking place - Howard has brought the sound out into the open and the expansion suits him wonderfully. The new track is fully alive with live drums, a stirring organ, and haunting vocals that call to mind the work of Mark Hollis of Talk Talk. Actually, that’s not a far off comparison. Not too many musicians are able to capture that sort of soulful power that Talk Talk once mastered, but Halls are in the right position. “Waves” is a stunning new track and an exciting heads up for the forthcoming new album. Highly recommended.