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Fantasy To Bleak

by Daniel Scheffler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Feb 11, 2014
Fantasy To Bleak

There is something you have to respect about a band that releases music it just cannot help but create, and with hardly any budget and most certainly without the pressure of the demonic music industry squeezing them dry on all accounts. And then with the over digitalization of music today, a band that ventures away from that curve and finds itself somewhere authentic is even more revered in my book. It's with these sentiments that Emperor The Stag sets free their latest, a full length album, entitled "Fantasy to Bleak".

With the music industry in an exciting new flux, it's sets like Emperor the Stag that will finally have their day in the proverbial sun. Finding their feet since their "Speedwell Drive" EP they released in 2012, the Sussex four-piece (as they call themselves) reveal their tastefulness and finesse with an album that glistens down the throat and swirls in the belly like a familiar caress and nudge. Alternative music, as a genre we know all too well, has delivered some of the most intriguing sounds that come to cuddle with you on a winter's morning -- "Fantasy to Bleak" is exactly that, a comfortable listen.

undated and undiscovered like a non-touristy destination somewhere on the coast you’ve seen in your mind’s eye

Comparisons have been drawn to "The Cure", but with respect, the 2014 band that is Emperor The Stag feels appropriate to the now; undated and undiscovered like a non-touristy destination somewhere on the coast you've seen in your mind's eye. Highlights on the album include "Glue" about their idea of London and "Red Admiral's Daughter", with its emotional claw.

"Fantasy to Bleak"
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Based between New York and Cape Town, Daniel Scheffler writes about socio political and travel matters and is working on a memoir. Follow him on Twitter @danielscheffler.


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