There’s only a handful of artists around nowadays who can release a new single that you just know will deliver without hearing a single note and, I’m sure we’ve said this before about them but, A Cause In Distress is one of those rarities who also hearken back to a time when new music drops were rightly cherished and celebrated.
But I digress!
A Cause In Distress return with “Paraffin” which just might be their most straightforward anthem to date but as is the norm with this trio, you can hardly equate “straightforward” with ordinary. The more I hear of ACID, the more I’m sure that they’ve spiritually picked up the gauntlet laid down by artists like The Cooper Temple Clause or Editors to an extent with the scope of their sound that they slowly reveal bit by bit to listeners with each new track unveiled. And “Paraffin” is no different.
Built around a a steady, swirling spiral of sonics that’s all bombast and bravado from guitarist Owen Foran before giving way to more sparkling, shimmering, and almost subdued passages, “Paraffin” is a memorable and momentous feat of modern music. And again, it’s these subtle intricacies within that really make A Cause In Distress stand apart from their musical peers…if they really have any. It’s the way Dominic Robinson beats a contained complexity further in or these spellbinding lines from Liam Watkins’ keys. It’s the way Watkins’ voice paints a broad picture with long brush strokes of arpeggiation and also the way Foran enraptures with a buzzsaw/Buzzcocks-like precision repeatedly.
“Paraffin” arrives on April 30th through Cool Thing Records. Pre-save now and check out the rest they have to offer when you head here. For the latest on A Cause In Distress, follow them on ye olde socials by clicking here, here, or here.