The Agony & The Ecstasy, High Contrast is set to reinstate his reputation at the top table with this superb twelve-track long player.
Featuring an extensive range of collaborators, from up-and-coming fresh new talent such as Med School signing Lung and Jessy Allen, old Hospital compadre Liane Carrol, who you may recognise from London Elektricity live, as well as Chase & Status / Breakage vocalist extraordinaire Claire Maguire and KidAdrift’s Selah Corbin also featuring on the album, this truly is an album of high contrasts.
High Contrast himself describes “The Agony & The Ecstasy” as “more personal” than any other album he’s made, so prepare to be moved with some heartfelt melodies and uplifting anthems which have his signature sound written all over them and push him back into the spotlight.
First up is “The Road Goes On Forever” with it’s moody atmospheric opening, it moves into an uplifting slice of contrasting goodness. Next is the spine-chillingly yearning “Wish You Were Here” (feat. Selah Corbin), followed up by the stripped back, downbeat melancholy of “Almost Human” (feat. Clare Maguire) and sultry, piano-driven “The Only Way There” (feat. Selah Corbin).
Then there’s the gloriously impassionate “Emotional Vampire”, the slowed down tempo of “Not Waving, But Drowning” (feat. Lung and Jessy Allen), “The Stand” with its embedded message and finally, punchy triumphant finale “All There Is” (feat. Liane Carrol).