So Happy, It’s Sad – Spirits and the Melchizedek Children

The second full-length album release from Spirits and the Melchizedek Children offers  a wonderful cinematic voyage of varying genres and ideas, all of which express a phenomenal range of melancholic emotions. The latest album ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’ showcases a style that could be described as Sigur Rós, if they performed shoe-gazing music. There’s a wonderful range of creative ideas being expressed by Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, resulting in a very strong album effort that ticks an enormous amount of boxes. There’s a lot to enjoy here on ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’, which manages to incorporate various ideas and styles and present it all in one fluid motion.

Much of ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’ is made up of a nice varying range of idea and styles. For the most part of the album, little motifs, such as a small guitar riff or the gentle playing of chords is accompanied by what could be described as drone vocals, which present lyrics in a very indistinguishable yet mysteriously exciting way. There’s a lot of mystery to ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’, which never seems to ever reveal itself fully at any point in the album. Even when the album has finished, it seems that there’s something on the album that has remained a secret, that only Spirits and the Melchizedek Children know of. Musically the album is rich and exciting, offering different ideas and moments at every corner, showcasing the wonderful talent Spirits and the Melchizedek Children have as a creative band.

Although the album offers so much on ‘So Happy, It’s True’, it seems that the album’s very melancholic nature is something to really tackle with as the album progresses. It seems that Spirits and the Melchizedek Children have pushed a lot of ideas and creativity into ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’, but at times it feels like it’s all a bit too much to deal with. In some weird way, this is also a very appealing element to the album, giving it a lot of support in the story the whole album is trying to present. It’s never as harsh as music by Nine Inch Nails, or as sad as much by Radiohead, though it’s mysteriously ominous in its own right.

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children have managed to produce a very strong and highly enjoyable album effort. There’s a lot that is happening on ‘So Happy, It’s True’, which showcases a great number of creative ideas, all of which contribute towards the whole album effort. There’s few weak moments, with each track contributing something towards the whole album itself. It’s certainly enjoyable (in its own way) to see all the ideas on ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’ come together in a comfortable and complimentary way that works. Spirits and the Melchizedek Children certainly have a lot of talent when it comes to their musical style, which has resulted in a very strong album effort.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Lullabies For War
  • Lost & Found
  • Copper Feather
  • Past, Present, Future

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children’s latest album ‘So Happy, It’s Sad’ is set for release on 4th March 2014.

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