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Heirs Sar­gent House

Much as we love Belfast’s ASIWYFA, there is no easy way to say this: the first two min­utes of the first track, Run Home, sounds so much like Yes in their mid-‘70s twid­dly, prog-rock, pomp and cir­cum­stance mode that it brings back painful mem­o­ries. The cru­cial dif­fer­ence is, of course, the mes­meric way ASIWYFA has with pul­veris­ing the lis­tener into sub­mis­sion. No mat­ter, also, that the im­pres­sive grasp of dy­nam­ics across tracks such as Th­ese Se­cret Kings I Know, Wasps, Peo­ple not Sleep­ing, An­i­mal Ghosts and the ti­tle track bring to mind the fu­sion­ist spirit of Ma­hav­ishnu Orches­tra and the im­prob­a­bly tricky time-sig­na­ture tem­plates of Muse – this is dy­namic mu­sic what­ever way it’s sliced. The al­bum ends on a fine note with the al­most bu­colic

Tryer, You, which is as good a tune as any you’ll hear this year. Heirs? Graces, too.

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