Milburn – ‘Time’: Album review
It’s now October 2017 and 10 months have absolutely flown by since the start of the year. Yes, a lot has happened over the past 10 months, but just imagine what has happened over the past 10 years… In 2007, Rihanna released Umbrella; global cinema was graced with the iconic film Superbad; and British politics changed when Tony Blair handed over his role as Prime minister to Gordon Brown.
More importantly, however, is that the past 10 years have given Sheffield’s home-grown indie-rock band the opportunity to develop their newest highly anticipated album. Released on Friday 29th September, Milburn threw their new album Time into the musical void to be listened to and judged by many awaiting fans.
As expected, the wait was worth it as band members (and brothers) Joe and Louis Carnall have created a 12 track album which encompasses the bittersweet feelings of a summer just past. Transport yourself to being sat in a festival field with your mates, slightly drunk on cheap cider, a speaker on a suitcase in the centre of a circle of camping chairs… Now think of the soundtrack that would accompany this and here you have: Time.
Under the genre of ‘indie-rock’ Milburn are a band which are reminiscent of Reverend and the Makers whilst are also believed to inspire the works of Arctic Monkeys. Their music varies between slow, relaxed vibes and high energy and vibrant tones, broadening their appeal amongst many appreciators of music. Opening the album with titular song Time, Milburn have created a sound with both heavy bass and a light and resonant guitar which likens itself to The Vaccines. Lasting just over 2 minutes, the ethereal style is then followed by Midnight Control, a song which is far more deeper in tone, thus highlighting the band’s ability to switch between sounds and showing off their versatility.
Tracks on the album such as Medicine contain exciting guitar riffs as well as a catchy underlying bass, while Together Alone resembles a softer, re-imagined love song with pretty lyrics and chilling choral vocals.
Across the album, there is a thorough exploration of tempos which keeps it alive whilst also engaging the listener to find it easy to listen all the way through… multiple times..! Differing from 2000’s Milburn, there is a mature sound to each of the songs which come from thick and almost dreamy vocals, leading to smooth music with a casual vibe. With strong Yorkshire accents, the vocals throughout the whole album feel like home: always friendly and endearing.
The final track on the album, 05:40 is the single song which sums it up as a whole. Upbeat yet chilled, this song has a combination of pacifying vocals and guitar riffs alongside a drum beat that invokes the pure desire to dance.
I would recommend this album to anyone with an undying love for ‘indie’ music and the want to discover smaller bands with a massive sound!
(Photos by Rachael Wass)