Yet entwined with the beauty is an unsparing, red-raw sense of desperation. There’s a brutal bluntness about the way Serena expresses her pain, from the way she declares against the clattering, chaotic backdrop of Faking It that, ‘I don’t feel joy, I just fake it / I don’t feel hope, I just fake it,’ to a crushing moment in Lights Out – a track that at one point sounds positively wintry – where she admits, ‘I’m too depressed to show you just how depressed I am.’
There are libraries full of heavy music about depression, but this is up there with the most accurate portrayals. This is a record with a tremendous amount of weight, offering a stunning portrait into one of the cruellest things the human mind can be subjected to. At the same time, it’s also so much more than that – it’s Svalbard at their most focused and intricate. They can even call this their masterpiece.
For fans of: Alcest, MØL, Pupil Slicer
The Weight Of The Mask is released on October 6 via Nuclear Blast