The Cardiac Hotel
Second album 'The Cardiac Hotel' was expedited and creatively driven by Thomas's dad getting sick, the songs pouring forth as they tend to do when a loved one's future is uncertain. It's hard not to listen to The Lion and the Wolf's second album and not feel a little of that seismic shift yourself. If you don't feel it in the billowing organ chord that begins 'Don't Fail Me Now', then it'll fill you on 'My fathers eyes'. The reverb weight blurring the edges, seemingly disintegrating Thomas's voice, brings pathos to the urgent, searing sounds that brew underneath.
Violins, brass and lyrics that break upon the softest ears and hearts like waves, particularly on 'The Pinching Point' ("All the time struggled to breathe, now she doesn't have to grieve at the finish line"), while pianos and seething strings seem to bellow over the gentle finger picking and clicking drums on closer 'Find the Time'.
It feels fragile while wrapping itself in strength of heart, a certain courage needed to bare the soul or strip down to honesty. The Cardiac Hotel is still warm though, never feeling disconnected from the listener, probably because of the lack of digital interference. And that's important because The Lion and the Wolf is all about intimacy and understanding.
You'll never be alone with The Lion and the Wolf, and you'll never have to feel that way now you're part of the pride and pack.
- Dont Fail Me Now
- Heaven Forbid
- My Fathers Eyes
- The Hospital Floor
- Walk On The Moon
- The Pinching Point
- Past The Point Of Fair
- Find The Time
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