Category Archives: The Hand of God
Melancholy East Lothian trio Northern Alliance are a band of many guises. While their last record hit post-rock peaks, this one is stripped down to lo-fi basics: drum machines, synths and soft-spoken vocals. Songs about hope. swans and Maradona.
It feels like a mistake that this album is released at the start of October: it’s so perfectly summery, designed to be listened to in a sunny park or heard from a festival stage. Cute keyboard hooks, twinkles of guitar … Continue reading
The Edinburgh-based trio of Craig Smith, Doug Johnstone and Viv Strachan release a new mini-album less than a year after album For the Grains of Sand.The Hand of God’s title track is about Maradona’s handball goal against England in the … Continue reading
Named after Maradona’s infamous goal against England in the ‘86 World Cup, East Lothian lo-fi shamblers Northern Alliance’s fourth LP might seem like a jingoistic poke southwards, but in substance it’s an inward looking affair.<br /> Between slow clicking drum … Continue reading
New hour-long mini album continues the on-going sonic adventures of the Alliance.</em><br /> Less than a year after the album For the Grains of Sand, the East Lothian trio of Craig Smith, Doug Johnstone and Viv Strachan, who make up … Continue reading
The Hand of God – the softer side of folk rock executed with subtlety and dreamy vocals. I’m no religious kid, but this might just rank up there with the kind of religious experience Arcade Fire fans have. Northern Alliance … Continue reading