THE HOLY RO­MAN ARMY One Atom That Was You Col­lapsed Adult Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY

Since the re­lease of their promis­ing de­but three years ago, Car­low’s Chris and Laura Cof­fey have broad­ened their mu­si­cal hori­zons to in­clude a six-piece live band. Although the sib­lings re­main the nu­cleus of The Holy Ro­man Army in the stu­dio, their sonic ex­pan­sion has paid div­i­dends on their sec­ond al­bum. Their elec­tronic core is re­tained, with songs un­der­pinned by Chris’s slug­gish, half­mur­mured lyrics of­ten part­ing like clouds for Laura’s nim­ble croon to break through. Yet there’s a cin­e­matic feel to Rope and a melan­cholic Twin Peak­sesque quiver to Up­ward Only, while the sub­tly jagged rip of So­lu­tions tempers the deft glitches with a hearty dose of grime and fuzz. A spa­cious record that takes time to en­gage, but one that’s all the more re­ward­ing for it. the­holy­ro­ma­n­ Down­load: The Night­fall­ers, Whale

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