In an act of great prescience Narrow Birth opens with a track titled, Intro, which truly introduces the listener to Pale Dīan, with its stolid electronic beats, melody provided by the bass, squalls of guitar feedback for gritty atmosphere, and Smith’s detached, and reverb drenched, vocals. If you’re not on board by Intro’s conclusion, you may as well get off the ride now. Throughout Narrow Birth every musical element seems to drift along of its own accord; lonely; detached; ungrounded. Yet everything manages to form and maintain a coherency, disturbed though that may be.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 2nd June 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.