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40 Watt Sun Wider than the Sky

40 Watt Sun Wider than the Sky, 14th October 2016

40 Watt Sun have today unveiled details of their long-awaited second album. Wider than the Sky is the much anticipated follow-up to 2011’s critically-lauded The Inside Room.

Once again self-produced by the band, the new songs were recorded over five days at Giant Wafer Studios, isolated deep in the heart of the mid Wales countryside.

Wider than the Sky has been an album fraught with delays and difficulties. In a move intended to regain autonomy over their own recordings and future plans as a band, 40 Watt Sun have elected to self release the album via their own label, Radiance Records.

In the spirit of the band’s previous music, Wider than the Sky, is imbued with sweeping, soaring melodies yet sparse, minimalist arrangements. However, eschewing the solidifying wall of sound that characterised their debut, 40 Watt Sun continue to progressively explore and broaden their sonic palette.

As expected, Patrick’s lyrics, strung with aching introspection and pained nostalgia, hang on his characteristic and poignant vocals and delicate guitar lines, with Christian Leitch’s sensitive and nuanced drum-work, and William Spong’s thoughtful bass guitar gently revealing themselves in the folds of the songs.

From the majestic, sweeping melodies of slow-building opener Stages, to the stark bare-boned crawl of Another Room and the vulnerable, plaintive balladry of closer Marazion, 40 Watt Sun have created an album of painfully emotive, low-key rock music; one which shimmers with some of the most evocative, stirring songs Patrick Walker has written to date.

Pre-orders of Wider Than The Sky are available via the online store, ahead of the scheduled release date, October 14th 2016.

Wider than the Sky

1. Stages (16:20)
2. Beyond You (09:42)
3. Another Room (11:56)
4. Pictures (09:50)
5. Craven Road (10:31)
6. Marazion (03:56)

Patrick Walker: Guitars and Vocals
Christian Leitch: Drums and Percussion
William Spong: Bass and Percussion

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40 Watt Sun’s music takes the listener through many different spaces, the songwriting both powerful and intimate. There is a subtlety at play, defined by delicate guitar lines and introspective lyrical themes, underpinned by thoughtful flourishes of bass and held by the ebb and flow of drums. Eschewing the need for conventional structure, the songs wash over the listener in waves of melody, the down-tempo nature of the music sparse yet dense, dynamic without bombast, plaintive but strong. Carefully orchestrated instrumentation, coupled with unique and poignant vocals, ensure 40 Watt Sun’s music will stay with you long after the songs have finished.

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40 Watt Sun The Inside Room

"Pat Walker returns after the demise of Warning with 40 Watt Sun and delivers an album that can only be described as heartbreakingly beautiful." Roadburn (NL)

"Anyone with a pulse will call it truly affecting ...The Inside Room is something special." MSN Entertainment (US)

"It may still be early days but The Inside Room is a real contender for album of the year." Metal Hammer (UK)

"...this is music to sooth the spirit rather than heal it, to move mind rather than body." Kerrang! (UK)

"This is special music that transcends any genre boundaries, makes them meaningless. Awarding any album a perfect score is a bold statement but I genuinely wouldn’t change a single thing about “The Inside Room”. This is simply a beautiful album that deserves to be heard." Powerplay (UK)

 

  • Terrorizer - 8.5 / 10
  • Metal Hammer - 9 / 10
  • Rock Hard - 9 / 10
  • Kerrang! - KKKK
  • Scream Magazine - 5 / 6

  • Powerplay - 10 / 10
  • Big Five - 10 / 10
  • Powermetal.de - 10 / 10
  • Ancientspirit.de - 12 / 12
  • Metal Storm - Album of the Year 2011
  • Pitchfork - #4 Albums of the Year

  • Metal.de - 8 / 10
  • Sweden Rock Magazine - 8 / 10
  • Lastrit - 9.5 / 10
  • Inferno - 4 / 5
  • Decible - Top 10 Album of the Year

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