Hamsas XIII | Encompass (s/r)

cd hamsas-xiiiThe album gives you a sense of going on a mind-altering and awakening journey through lyrical mysticism and tantalizing instrumentation.



Encompass is the debut album of Hamsas XIII with the entrancing vocals of Robyn Bright (Cockatoo) and the know-how of Rich W. (The Wake), along with a guest appearance from the soul-piercing guitar of David Wolfenden (Red Lorry Yellow Larry).

Fans of Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, and the Mortal Coil can rejoice at this album being almost an amalgamation of all three. Right from the first track of the album, Bright’s ethereal voice, alongside the otherworldly guitar, puts me in a trance-like state reminiscent of my time listening to the aforementioned bands. The album can be described as ethereal, darkwave, and, at times dream pop, especially on “Waterstone,” with its upbeat rhythm that makes you want to get up and dance.

Listening to the album sequentially gives you a sense of going on a mind-altering and awakening journey through lyrical mysticism and tantalizing instrumentation. Toward the end of the release, “Goodnight Kiss” gives you a sense of electrical rebirth and realization. And the last song, “Breeze,” was an excellent choice to send the listener off on a journey and back to reality, after having taken an unforgettable voyage of spiritual encompassment.

Overall, this album can stand among the best of the gothic rock scene. I’m already looking forward to many more albums from this dynamic duo. | Matt Gleason

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