From the ashes of Tiddabades comes the dark atmospherics of Sunken Seas with their debut album Null Hour being released on local independent label Muzai Records. The album opens with a soundscape setting What Birds See before segueing seamlessly into their defying alt-radio hit High Rise (defying radio by being almost(?) instrumental and over six minutes long).
A subtle hint at a reprieve from this glorious opening onslaught is given in the opening bars of Paid Your Price which, then itself, turns in on you, grabbing you in a wondrous death grip – by the time you’re half-way through the this, the third track of this album you’ll have Stockholm Syndrome and Sunken Seas are your shadowy captors.
It’s an album that needs to be listened to in it’s entirety as a whole piece of work; while individual tracks work by themselves, it’s when placed in their natural surroundings in the correct order as a whole album that they truly shine their best darkness. Null Hour is dark and atmospheric and it’s relentlessness can only be matched by the fervour by which I have been compelled to keep listening to it. - review by Andrew Tidball