Let's be honest, collaborations within the post-hardcore scene often seems few and far between, so it would seem Isles & Glaciers are somewhat of a welcomed suprise within the genre. This lineup is literally astonishingly good, Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil) .Craig Owens (Ex-Chiodos). Jonny Craig (Emarosa) Michael Fuentes (Pierce The Veil), Nick Martin (Underminded/Cinematic Sunrise), Brian Southall (The Receiving End Of Sirens/Boys Night Out) and Matt Goddard (Chiodos) are all featured which on paper alone is incredible; but it is executed brilliantly on the record.
The release is everything you'd expect from a collaboration with some of the best musicians in the post-hardcore scene. Melodic guitars, keys and a variety of electronic percussion are laden throughout. If anything, this adds more emphasis on the 3-way vocal assault.
'Empty Sighs & Wine' is my favourite track which is kicked off by Jonny Craig. Every singer adds something different to each song which really completes the sound. 'Kings and Chandeliers' is energetic and 7 songs are featured in total and it's safe to say there is zero filler, and lots going on to keep the listener interested. The release definately has a polished feel to it, as there is a substantial amount of instrumental depth.
Musically, 'The Hearts of Lonely People' isn't breaking down any barriers, but if anything it showcases some amazing vocal capabilities from the best in the businesss. Hopefully this will encourage others to persue collaborative projects.
Overall it's safe to say this release delivers, and I'm already eagerly anticipating any live dates which may prop up in support of this release.