Somewhere between shoegazing and synthpop lies the land The Blessed Isles have staked out as their own. This dynamic duo specialize in creating ethereal synthy post-gazing works of sheer beauty that are dreamy and otherworldly. Their album Straining Hard Against the Strength Of the Night is a magnificent effort that’s the closest thing to floating in space I’ve ever heard. If you can imagine Peter Hook and Elizabeth Frazier working together then you have some semblance of an idea of where The Blessed Isles are coming from.
There’s really nothing to dislike about either The Blessed Isles or Straining Hard Against the Strength Of the Night. This is a perfect pop record that’s emotional, catchy and simply gorgeous. From solid production to brilliant songs Straining Hard Against the Strength Of the Night has it all and it’s easily one of my favorite records of 2016!