With the introducing
words "I am so inspired by the sadness that I feel I have
found the joy" Gianluca Divirgilio, being the head of
ARCTIC PLATEAU, directly sets the direction the march goes
for this new album called On A Sad Sunny Day. Well,
march direction maybe being not quite the right word. It's not
really a march which one gets on On A Sad Sunny Day.
More some kind of dream travel, a lonely walk with many relaxing
Sad Sunny Day knows how to get me from the first note
on. Dreamy, towering yet nevertheless light and smooth sounding
walls of as well distorted as acoustic guitars winding directly
into the listener’s ears and mind.
And indeed… the introductory quote couldn't be more fitting.
Though there is a nearly ever present melancholy in the songs,
there's always some kind of hope and light shimmering through.
The creation of atmosphere and emotion on On A Sad Sunny
Day is brilliantly done by ARCTIC PLATEAU. Another
point not to be forgotten is the fact that despite all melancholy
and the epic-elegiac song structures on On A Sad Sunny Day
the song itself always comes first, is never too playful, tricky
or complicated and as such is not consumed by the density of the
Especially good all these ingredients are put together by ARCTIC
PLATEAU in the title-track, in the slowly rising Amethyst
To #F, the fantastic dense and heavy Iceberg Shoegaze
and the driving In Time. But all other songs don't stay
behind these in terms of quality and leave me amazed and astonished.
Perfect music for dreaming, turning off and forgetting.
Highly recommended for fans of Anathema, who definitely seem to
be a major inspiration, Alcest, Jesu and-if putting the screaming
vocals away… Amesoeurs.
On A Sad Sunny Day is an amazing, a stunning and
mainly just plain beautiful album!