Instead of previewing their new album and building excitement for fans with a single, Noah and the Whale instead decided to do something a little different this time round – setting their fans a ‘treasure hunt’ by delivering home-taped versions of the album to record stores, which in them contained codes for fans to unlock a stream of the album on their website. Pretty cool, no?
After coming over all electro in their third effort, Last Night on Earth, the band have again changed directions with Heart of Nowhere. While the catchy tunes remains, the band have evolved once more – gone is the electronic vibe, for starters.
The record begins with an instrumental introduction full of strings. Building up nicely it blends perfectly into the title track (so much so they could be the same song) which features the wonderful Anna Calvi; her powerful vocals adding a whole new dimension to the track, complimenting Charlie Fink’s voice beautifully.
Fink has always written incredibly open and honest lyrics, and this album is certainly no exception. After tales of youth, heartbreak and recovery from the band on previous LPs, Heart of Nowhere’s main focus is reflections of youth and adulthood, growing up and coming of age – with lyrics such as “now you’re getting married while I’m waiting for my life to start” in one of the record’s best songs, Lifetime. Elsewhere, All Through the Night and Silver and Gold are two of the album’s highlights – on the latter Fink singing that “love may not be the cure, but at least it’s a common ground, so show a little faith in me”. Final track There Will Come a Time is full of hope; a fitting ending to the album.
Overall, Heart of Nowhere is another strong effort from a band that keep churning out fantastic (and for the most part, feel-good) songs. And who can fault them for that?