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Former Maccabees front-man Orlando Weeks has released his debut solo album ‘A Quickening’, an album that transports listeners with him on his magical journey into first-time fatherhood, through a series of soothing and hypnotic tracks.
Rounded up below is a selection of album reviews, and; in album order, each of the tracks.
NME “A musical re-birth” 4 stars: full review here
“Musically, ‘A Quickening’ feels like a thunderstorm against the blue sky of The Maccabees’ history. A maelstrom of hums, echoes and grumbles of horns, percussion and bass pushes against always gentle melodies. But Week’s voice, striking and smooth, always blends with the music. One is not stronger than the other. Delicacy and power, waiting and living, the ordinary and the extraordinary – the listener is invited to feel it all.”
Clash Magazine – “A record blessed with a beatific atmosphere and haloed sense of sound” – full review here
“An album that leaves a profound impact in the softest manner possible, ‘A Quickening’ thrills with its pin-prick intensity, with its phantom-like layers of sound. In documenting fatherhood, Orlando Weeks has emerged as a songwriter renewed.”
The Line of Best Fit – “your own bundle of joy you can love time and again” – full review here
“The album is in-fact, is a beautiful collection of songs that tell the tale of a witness statement of love, anticipation, apprehension and even at times, helplessness that is being an expectant father”.
New Sounds Magazine – 5 Stars: “Orlando Weeks nurtures eleven delicate, yet powerful, tracks” – full review here