I’m not sure how much I can give away about Killer Whale’s identity especially since the Biography section of their facebook literally says “Very Secretive” so I’m going to err on the side of caution and keep their identity to myself. What I can tell you is that they are a singer-songwriter from Glasgow and that this is their debut album as Killer Whale.
‘Forgive Your Enemies’ is the first track on the album and it starts strong, an incredibly catchy song that I found myself humming for days after I first heard it. I usually steer clear of talking about song lyrics but in this case I’ll make an exception to talk about the best lines I’ve heard in a song in a while “And in a million spinning worlds, you’ll find Not another living animal, so be kind. The human-being in front of you Is a damaged searching creature from a cruel and wondrous universe” I just found them to be incredibly clever and evocative and they helped to make ‘Forgive Your Enemies’ one of the standout tracks on the album. It wasn’t just the lyrics though, the instrumental parts were great as well, the perfect tempo to suit the song, it wasn’t rushed and I liked that, something you don’t want to be overpowered by the first song on an album and this managed to be great without blowing the head off you a few beats in.
‘Something Like That’ was another really good track, incredibly well put together, the ambient echo of the instruments backed up the singer perfectly. This track builds as it progresses, gathering more energy and tempo as it builds and it’s exactly what the song needs, not just slow and sentimental but with a growing undercurrent beneath it as well.
‘Aurora Borealis’ I really liked this track, there was something really sweet about it, no pretension or cliche just an honest and nice little song. The imagery for the song was playful and yet melancholic and I really just liked everything this song had to offer, it doesn’t really sound like anything I’ve ever heard before either and that’s something to be said in the over-saturated music industry.
‘Our Father’ was different from the last track, this one had a sadder note to it, i haven’t mentioned the actually vocals yet although so far they’ve been really good, this song in particular showed off his skill. Soft spoken and yet with an obviously profound impact. This track had an amazing chorus that I had rattling around in my head for days after I first heard it.
‘Lampedusa’ is a little harder to talk about, at first I wasn’t sure what to say, it was good and yet everytime I listen to it I had a slightly different opinion of it, i think it’s just one of those songs that’s not good or bad, it’s a little strange and you can never make your mind up about it. For the record I never didn’t like it but I was never sure what to make of it.
‘Women’ opened with a soft piano intro, before Killer Whale’s distinctive voice joined it, this song was very slow but it puts a kind of melodic spell on you like you were listening to a nursery rhyme song to you by a parent as you feel asleep as a kid. Not sure if that’s a compliment, I certainly think so but it’s honestly the only way I could think to describe it.
‘Human Dreaming’ is a very interesting title for a track and I was excited to see if it was going to be a good song to go along with it and I’m glad to say I wasn’t let down. This track was far more electronic than the others on the album so far, we open on some piercing electronic tones before they give way to some beats and Killer Whale singing. This is another track where they get to really give it their all vocally and it added something to this track. I’ve noticed that while each song tells a story, they aren’t always straightforward, sometimes they can be a little abstract. In keeping with being more electronic, the song ends with a jangling static that seems fitting for a song about dreaming somehow.
‘Losing My Faith’ this was another track I really just liked, it was fairly uncomplicated as a track especially compared to some of the others on this Album but despite that It was still really good, I couldn’t pick out anything bad about it and it just worked as a track.
‘La Povertà’ had a very different intro from the rest of the tracks, a very beautiful piano accompaniment and a welcome change but different nonetheless. This track was another that wasn’t too complicated instrumentally, but the simplicity belied a strong message and it didn’t need to be flashy to be good, which I suppose is the mark of a good track.
‘Prison Cell Vibes’ changed things up again, far more rock than the other entries on this album, but man was this track good, it was well placed on the album as well, too early and it might have been jarring consider the style and mood of the other songs, but where it is it shakes things up and really sets you up for the final track. Overall it was a tremendous track, a lot of energy and passion and it shows that Killer Whale is a master of more than one style. My only complaint about this track If I had one was that it was one of the shorter tracks on the album just behind the final track.
‘Blessed’ goes back a bit, a little quieter and a little slower but well in keeping with what I’ve come to expect from ‘Everyone you know someday’, It might just be if you’re listen on earphones but there are some interesting background noises, strange echoes that are almost spooky. But talking about the actual song it was a sweet little closer to a whopper of an album, and I really hope to hear more from Killer Whale.
So those are my thoughts on the debut album from Killer Whale, if you want to get a copy then follow check out their Bandcamp and if you want to keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Killer Whale then check out their Facebook page.
First Published on: www.newhellfireclub.co.uk