This one’s only just arrived here at LOUD HORIZON, and so we lag well behind Radio 1 in that they have already identified AWOLNATION as a band to listen out for and have subsequently added ‘Sail’ to its famed ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist.
But that’s not gonna stop us having our say …. though with the track streamed below (the excellent video has had its embed code disabled, unfortunately) and the band’s burgeoning reputation spreading like wildfire across the U.S. , there’s probably not a lot more we can add.
For what it’s worth, this is one of those distinctive and original tracks that have the listener hooked right from the first hearing. The slow, blues-dripping theme, the steady and incessant handclaps, the soulful and slightly hoarse vocals, the almost gospel-like backing and the little synth hooks certainly had me bought in right from the off.
(Released through Red Bull Records on 13th June 2011)
(8.5 / 10)