Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Shame, Beabadoobee, Ashton Irwin, Boy Pablo and more.
Order a copy
November 2020
Review

Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns

Mind-bendingly brilliant.
Arcane Roots - Melancholia Hymns
Published: 3:29 pm, September 14, 2017
Mind-bendingly brilliant.

'Album' of 'the Week'


Label: Easy Life/Red Essential
Released: 15th September 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Arcane Roots are a band who don't do things by half measures. Celebrating ten years as a band in 2017, ‘Melancholia Hymns’ is only their second full-length record, touching down on planet earth no sooner than four years after their impressive debut, ‘Blood & Chemistry’.

Although this is a far less unhinged effort than its predecessor, the London trio have emerged from a cloud of mid-recording setbacks by taking everything they can do and running with it. Although oddly placed halfway through the record, the first cut that was aired, ‘Curtains’, serves as a bombastic statement of intent that they are no longer content with being a mid-tier technical rock band. Arcane Roots are heading all the way to the top, and with an album like this, nobody is in any position to stop them.

From the orchestral swell that ushers in titanic opener 'Before Me', to the grand space-rock finale of 'Half The World', this record is defined by its flourishes of eloquence. Submerging himself in a deeper pool of electronic and avant-garde influences, frontman and guitarist Andrew Groves not only spent a lot more time around the synths, but also learnt piano and violin to play on the record. It's yet another touch of class which pays off handsomely for the three-piece.

One of the countless wonderful things about ‘Melancholia Hymns’ is that all of its best elements come in pairs. The warmth that unexpectedly emits from the sprawling, synth-heavy ‘Indigo’ is rekindled in ‘Fireflies’. The onslaught of riffs that ferociously sees out ‘Arp’ strikes back in even more complex fashion on ‘Everything [All At Once]’. These delightful double servings are a perpetual reminder of Arcane Roots’ versatility; a facet of the band which is so rich and indulgent, but will always have you coming back again and again.

It's taken a full decade, but Arcane Roots have finally delivered on the goods and soared light years above their stratospheric ambitions. Shining with cosmic charm, ‘Melancholia Hymns’ declares that the time has come to rejoice at this mind-bendingly brilliant band. Danny Randon

Give all this a try

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring Shame!
New issue!

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring Shame!

There's also Beabadoobee, Ashton Irwin, Boy Pablo, The Cribs, Will Joseph Cook and loads more.
Cast your vote in the Dork Reader's Poll 2020!
HRRRNK!

Cast your vote in the Dork Reader's Poll 2020!

It's that time again! Tell us what you've been into this year.
Alfie Templeman: Boy wonder
Cover feature

Alfie Templeman: Boy wonder

Alfie Templeman might still be only seventeen years old, but he’s on the rise.
A day in the life of... girl in red
Feature

A day in the life of... girl in red

From dusk 'til dawn with your favourite acts.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing