When it soars, it is a treat
Johann Johansson - The Miners’ Hymns

Deftly crafted minimalism with a brass ensemble may sound slightly oxymoronic but this soundtrack to the film of the same name is a curiously engaging work. Recorded in Durham Cathedral, and featuring a sixteen-piece band of parpers at its core, ‘The Miners’ Hymns’ is at times hymnal and stirring, final track ‘The Cause Of Labour Is The Hope Of The World’ evoking a more severe and subdued Efterklang. As a result of its soundtrack status, things are prone to occasional lulls with three tracks exceeding ten minutes. However, Johansson is capable of some beautifully stirring music, and when this album soars, it is a treat.

6/10

Words by GARETH JAMES
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