I’ve had my eye on this band for some time now, I first saw them at the Luminaire when they supported Jeniferever and even though I only caught the last few tracks, they blew me away to much to enjoy the headliners. So I bought this after.

The Heritage

In my eyes; a great album. Her Name Is Calla are amongst the bands I would like to see influence the UK music scene in a big way. The Heritage, released in 2008, is a well produced piece of work that captures the band well, which is an achievement given that they are probably more of a live band, and very loud at times! You can tell that they’re a talented bunch who appreciate their instruments to sound good.

As for the music, their set up enables them to create really nice soundscapes and play with a wide range of dynamics. They have violin, cello, and horns on top of the classic rock set up with tons of effects. They also mess around with electronic samples and beats which adds to the chill of the music. There are sections with beautiful string harmonies, others with desolate piano melodies and others with layered distorted guitars, crashing cymbals and feedback giving everything an air of chaos. The tracks, despite being unconventional lengths and structures, are beautifully arranged and progress in a satisfying way. Tom Morris’ vocal melodies echo themselves throughout the album, and some violin riffs are repeated at separate occasions in different musical contexts. Their mesmerizing sound recalls the soundscapes produced by bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but with a Jeff Buckley ‘style’ singer.

I liked the way the music sometimes seemed minimal for a 6 or 7 piece, but actually had quite a few layers that just served as atmospherics. I think this is one of their strong points because their build-ups are always drawn out but don’t get boring and seem to explode out of nowhere. The track I am talking about is track 2 on the album; New England. WHAT AN ENDING! Definitely the highlight of the album for me.

Lastly, a section which I always forget about, but that I always remember happily, is the hidden last section in Rebirth. I always forget about it because the band decided to put a 5 minute silent gap between it and the opening song on track #6 (which is annoying- why make it difficult for people?). Nevertheless, an interesting coda to the album, which leaves us quite uplifted after some intense moments.

Would I recommend it? Yes.