Suite No 2: World Keeps Spinning
This record fits in so much with where we found ourselves right now. We are currently living in a global pandemic where anxiety, fear and stress levels are higher than they have ever been. But these words stand truer than ever: through it all, ‘The World Keeps Spinning’.
The Brilliance have crafted an album here in the truest sense of the word. When so many releases these days feel like a collection of songs compiled together, this record truly tells one long story. Part of that is Biola University Orchestra being an idea, a concept and mood that they keep bringing you back to along the way. Whether that is in the form of a cinematic piece like the album’s opener ‘Release Me’, or an eerily sung piece in French on ‘Must Admit.’ Or even ‘I Shall Not Fear’ which is a choral piece that could fit as easily in a cathedral service as it does on this album; The Brilliance manage to mix and mesh the sound and class of an orchestra with the sounds of today. Be it on a lo-fi drum kit, trappy hi hats or grungy guitars, not one of these songs have a moment that feels like an afterthought or doesn’t fit.
"All of this is their effort to take the listener on a journey where you do not know what is around each bend, but you know that whatever it is, it's going to be bloomin’ brilliant."
This album is called Suite No. 2, meaning there is a Suite No. 1 and there (hopefully) will be more to come. Suite No. 2 definitely feels like an extension of their previous release. While Suite No. 1 is full of gorgeous songwriting with real gravitas and carries the Brilliance signature sound, this new release feels like The Brilliance have found their stride. It really shows their attention to detail with even artwork for singles and albums fitting together.
Each song on this record packs a real punch either musically, lyrically, or (most of the time) both. With so many of the songs, there’s a denseness to the production and layering of the instruments that you may not even hear in certain moments, instruments, or even melodies until your fourth or fifth listen. For example, the djembe that is played on the chorus of ‘How Do We Know’, the fluttering flutes on ‘Moods’, or maybe even the sound of (what in my opinion sounds like) someone scraping concrete used in lieu of a high hat on ‘Release Me’. All of this is their effort to take the listener on a journey where you do not know what is around each bend, but you know that whatever it is, it's going to be bloomin’ brilliant.
One of my favourite moments on the record is from the end of Track 10 ‘Just Be’ where the track crescendos towards the end and straight into the album closer ‘World Keeps Spinning’. In moments like these, it really shows the amount of thought and time that was put into creating this stupendous album.
Release Date: 10th January 2020