Her Name is Calla follow their excellent, if unsettling, debut, The Quiet Lamb, with the release of the double A-side vinyl single, Maw.
Unusually, the title track, throws the listener into the climax of a galloping, pounding rock song, which burns with growing intensity. Clocking in at around a third of the length of Her Name is Calla’s more symphonic tracks, Maw is a demonstration of a band enjoying and exploiting the dark ferocity of the shorter time span. The Beat That My Heart Skipped, on the other hand, engages the use of brevity to create a delicate and heartfelt breath of simple drums, violin and vocals. If Maw is the example of a claustrophobic gathering of instruments, The Beat That My Heart Skipped is inescapable for its bare, tender minimalism.
Closing track, Dreamlands, features a return to the longer, more conceptual song, wilfully creating disorientation through dizzying electronic experimentation and sudden, or unnervingly gradual, slides into different phases of an unfamiliar world.
Stream the single in full below. Buy from their Bandcamp page here.
Her Name Is Calla play music that you need to immerse yourself in. It is dark, and tense, effortlessly evoking an eerie atmospheric and full of gravity and bombast. The instrumentation accumulates with guitar, cello, mighty percussion and violins, lyrics are as much intoned as sung and do not deal with the lighter side of life that’s for sure.
Her Name Is Calla are one of those bands who require some real effort on behalf of the listener, but one where the effort is more than amply rewarded. Draw the curtains, turn out the lights, turn up the volume and let the sheer magnitude of the music overwhelm you.
Forthcoming 80 minute epic album The Quiet Lamb is out in November on Denovali Records.
Visit their MySpace here.
Download My Name Is Calla – Homecoming mp3 (from The Quiet Lamb)
Download My Name Is Calla – Long Grass mp3 (from The Quiet Lamb)