Album review: DIM GRAY – Flown

DIM GRAY - Flown

Grim Day Records [Release date 25.06.21]

One band that came to mind when listening to Dim Gray’s debut album is Celtus.  And the Norwegian “post prog” art rockers may well appeal to those who warmed to that now defunct band’s stirring melodies and melancholia.

As with Celtus, Dim Gray’s offering has folk music at its roots but expanding into more rockier territory with songs like ‘The Wave We Thought We’d Ride Together’,  ‘Closer’ and – one of the standouts – ‘Black Sun’.  Another band that draws comparison is Public Symphony (especially the bonus track ‘Paper Bird’) although grounded more in electronica.

The trio have been compared to Fleet Foxes and Sigur Ros and their own musical background has encompassed black metal and film music.  There is certainly a widescreen element at play here plus the use of strings adds to the haunting atmosphere that pervades this album, not least on a piece like ‘Ouroboros’.

‘Flown’ was originally released in digital only format in 2020 and in physical form now has four bonus tracks including live versions of  ‘Again’ and ‘Song For E’.

Given that the themes expressed in the album are of loss, longing and loneliness, Flown emerges as a true soundtrack to our times.  It is both stirring and reflective in equal measure and will also appeal to those who like – to quote our reviewer Alan Jones – “the melancholic, uplifting and atmospheric tunesmithery “of Katatonia.  ****

Review by David Randall

Bands that time forgot: Celtus

Albums that time forgot: Public Symphony

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