Rising from the dark depths of swirling cinematic art-rock, Black Submarine came together when The Verve's Nick McCabe and Simon Jones began collaborating with violinist/string arranger Davide Rossi. The trio then recruited Portishead drummer Michele ‘Mig’ Schillace and through Schillace discovered vocalist Amelia Tucker. Together, the band has found the tricky balance of discord and harmony, heavily orchestrated and extended proggy anthems and the simplicity of a well-turned melody sung with celestial beauty by Tucker. Debut full-length New Shores (March 9) offers larger-than-life compositions densely layered and richly detailed, echoing what's been described as the "haunted grandeur" discovered in the cathedrals and winding streets of Copenhagen where the initial tracks were recorded. At times touching the edges of both folk and Goth-tinted hard rock splendor, songs like the churning title track and minor chord majesty of "Here So Rain" occasionally ebb to the gentle acoustic pleasures of "Move Me A Mountain" (click through to stream and catch a couple videos).
Black Submarine - "Here So Rain" (from New Shores)
Black Submarine - "Move Me A Mountain" (from New Shores)