Thin-Skinned: A Pacifist’s Corner (Review)

This 5-piece Manchester band are looking to make a strong impact on Oasis-land’s rich musical tapestry. When they aren’t seen “trying to look cool on sofas that are outside”, they are hoping to make a strong impression with their debut single:

The opening phrases gives a moody clean guitar supported by a whirling, dynamic organ and a smooth bass that is used sparingly. The second guitar indulges in freely noodling around the neck, being occasionally experimental with it’s chromaticism and timing. Gus Beveridge’s lead vocals press closely to you as he mumbles intermittently between guitar passages.

The backing vocals that join in with Gus are striking, and possibly distracting in their balance with the rest of the track, especially compared to the delicate drums that timidly acquaint themselves with the listener.

The production leaves a bit to be desired. Recorded by a production student at Spirit Studios, the wash of reverb and delay does fit with the Ambient Indie nature of the track, but fails to compensate for discrepancies in balance and blend, giving this experimental outfit a very homegrown feel.

The song’s unconventional use of structure provides plenty of opportunity for the guitars and other instruments to explore the soundscape, and the ambient backing vocals that drift in the mix creates a dream-like state that absorbs you along the gentle atmosphere. The song builds very nicely, and creates a vibrant journey of musical exploration over the course of its 5 minute duration. It’s reliant repetition of it’s murmuring hooks can be seen as superfluous, but I see it as an element of this relaxed, narcotic nature.

A Pacifist’s Corner is a slow indulgence of a track that snapshots Manchester’s young student culture. Best enjoyed on a comedown, this relaxing surveillance of sonic spectrum really transports you to transcendental heights. 6.5/10

You can listen to A Pacifist’s Corner here:

Marc Gallagher