"By the time the harmonies grow louder and all the more powerful, Allora already have their audience in the palm of their hand; you have our attention, and we are going nowhere.
By Cameron Knibbs|May 18th 2020
Feature Image Credit: Kayleigh Mai Hinsley
ALLORA - Creature|Review
Allora are a dark-pop band from Leeds that realise the power of harmonies, combined with moody melodies, to create music that is equal in tranquillity and power. It is already a winning formula as they have amassed a large following through gigging alone, playing venues such as the O2 Academy, Belgrave Music Hall, and the Key Club.
Whilst their first single, Burned, demonstrated their capabilities as musicians and vocalists, their new single, Creature, continues to do so to a whole new level. The intricacies of arrangements, both vocal and instrumentation, are outstanding. Creature comes with a prelude, one that is mystical and eerily inviting, like an anti-lullaby. This hypnotic prelude only foreshadows what is to come.
The very title itself draws attention to our animalistic nature. From the way we interact with one another to building relationships, the lyrics are embedded with the duality of love, the pain and pleasure are intertwined. There is a resistance to this creature, but it is juxtaposed against the fact that we cannot help but partake in the creature’s game. The question is, are we creatures, too?
The three-part harmonies enrapture their audience and hold them captive in an ethereal state, whilst the powerful guitar riffs continue to build. By the time the harmonies grow louder and all the more powerful, Allora already have their audience in the palm of their hand; you have our attention, and we are going nowhere.
There is a raw quality presented within the track, through distorted guitar and gentle vocals, providing us with a sense of honesty; a sense that all feelings are laid bare. It is through this rawness and technical feat that listeners are enticed in, resulting in a powerful journey of heartache, hope and loss, faith and confusion. Wherever the listener places themselves within this song, they are certaintly apart of it, and Allora are not letting you go.
Whilst the global pandemic may have prevented gig-goers from joining their journey of rising success, you can listen to Creature here. Follow Allora on Facebook and Instagram to see where the power of these vocal harmonies can take us…