Album #109: Jilk – Retreat to Sleep

  • Released: 2013
  • Origin: Bristol, England
  • Label: Bit-Phalanx
  • Best Track: All We Ever See

I discovered Jilk through the website Every Noise at Once, which is a map of genres within genres within genres that lets you discover bands similar to ones you like. I’m not sure what I was looking for when I found them, but I think I just liked the name and snippet of music I heard.

Hailing from the capital of dark, glitch-littered trip-hop that is Bristol, Jilk certainly purvey that sound on debut album Retreat to Sleep, but with a difference. The frequent use of violins is an interesting touch, bringing a melancholy undercurrent to what is otherwise largely ambient music.

In some parts, like the fine ‘All We Ever See’, there are shades of the glacial wash of Sigur Rós. Overall though, this sounds urban and English, and is worth a listen for anyone with time for the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead.

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