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Roundstone | CD review | 2009

ROUNDSTONE - DNA Unwinding

Review by Dawn

It's not necessarily a bad thing to let your music do the talking and, as online information goes, Roundstone remain something of a well-kept secret.

What the internet will tell you is that the band were formed in London in 2006, were formerly known as Babygrand, and contain a bloke named Dominic who left a certain piano-rock-pop trio in 2001 shortly before they hit the big time. It's difficult to track down much more information on the band, but then perhaps that's not such a bad thing. After all, even someone with the most brilliant grasp of the English language would struggle to convey just how stunning a debut album this is.

What strikes you most is the foursome's impressive knack of writing songs which work their way deep into your subconsciousness. DNA Unwinding comprises an intoxicating mix of glorious choruses, soaring vocals and ethereal instrumentation. Hopes is reminiscent of Booth and the Bad Angel's brilliance while Wake Up Call is a slice of introspective loveliness.

Every track here is superb, but the synth-based Thinnest of Threads and lush Want of Trying with its Morten Harket-style vocals are absolute gems. Cells, meanwhile, is complete and utter musical perfection. Here's hoping that a UK tour will soon be on the cards to accompany the album.

The album launch is on 14/10/09 at Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London and the album is available to purchase in mp3 format from iTunes, or via www.roundstonetheband.com.

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