Burnt Log – ‘Time Is A Heron Waiting For Prey’

The new album from Scottish artist Burnt Log, Time Is A Heron Waiting For Prey engages with a melodic, creative sound — intertwining alt-rock, prog, and synth-touched soundscapes in stellar form. Described by the artist as “loosely about my obsession with the passing of time,” Time Is A Heron Waiting For Prey serves as a companion piece to debut LP The Punishing Stage.

“The Equivalent” kicks off the album in aptly eclectic form, venturing from foreboding string-laden haunts into a bouncier piano-driven narration; the vocal emergence reminds fondly of Dan Bejar, tonally and in its knack for compelling structural shifts — like the eerie “remember me,” refrain. A more rock-forward invigoration takes hold momentarily thereafter, and the track firmly succeeds in its wide-ranging aesthetical approach.

Another album highlight, “To the Sea” presents a steadier structural direction — escalating beautifully from jangling guitars and sporadic vocals into an impassioned burst of clanging guitar accompaniments. Album finale “Dizzy Spell” also enamors, strutting a synth-y intrigue with late-night immersion into the multi-vocal presence; the “take my leave from you,” expanse is especially inviting. Time Is A Heron Waiting For Prey is a thorough success from Burnt Log.

“To the Sea” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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