02|24|09   A Maze and Amazement / NZ Musician review

click to purchase album via CD BabyThe Enright House – A Maze And Amazement (A Low Hum)

“Christchurch act The Enright House have been picked up by label arm A Low Hum, and with this debut have produced a beautifully crafted, sombre and atmospheric album. Melancholy pervades, the highlight for me being We Might As Well Have Stayed Young, an aching reflection on the passing of youth that those of a certain generation will no doubt relate to (“Listening to Skinny Puppy, we’d paint our ceilings black and tile our bathroom in mirror shards…”) – it’s become one of my favorite songs of the year.

The album is washed in lush arrangements; electronic elements mesh with drums, viola, piano, and guitars manipulated with bows, bottle caps and other assorted items. Instrumentals sit alongside the introspective lyrical contributions of Enright House founder Mark Roberts and the haunting poetry of Mary E. Jones. Light some candles, pour a glass of red wine and immerse yourself in this moody gem of an album.”

Reviewed by Renee Jones. Originally published in NZ Musician.