Monday, 16 October 2017


Limb by Limb by Pembrokeshire-based duo Names is the follow up single to Backs Turned, a song that has already been played on Ralph's Indie Show on Radio KC. It has been described elsewhere as “a wintry soundscape with all the fluency, space and atmosphere of the Mogwai Les Revenants soundtrack”. 

Where do you go after creating such an assured artistic statement with your debut single? Limb by Limb is the answer. Names have shed any creative ego to create a raw, emotionally rich song devoid of self-indulgence and over reaching dramatization. Yet again Ioan and Joey have found beauty within the smouldering ashes left in the wake of life’s broken relationships. 

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and shoesIoan of Names explained to us that Limb by Limb is... 

“largely inspired by the ignorance of issues within a relationship which slowly bring about its demise. Also the effect of a background anxiety on life and ability to socialise.” 

Limb by Limb musically and lyrically perfectly depict the contrasting moments of clarity and internal isolation one feels holding on to a dying relationship. The sense of calm in the release, yet claustrophobic panic of the unknown. 

It's heady stuff for ones so young however; but, as with Talk Talk’s majestic Spirit of EdenNames are quickly becoming masters of the intimate, unseen but deeply felt moments we share. 

Their music explodes on to a cinematic canvas full of flowing chords and echoey melodies. They very much remind me of a nascent Blue Nile in their ability to pull the listener into their atmospheric soundscapes; and with that Dear Reader, I can pay them no greater compliment. 


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