I’m a sucker for any vocalist that bears a passing resemblance to Stevie Nicks or Susanne Sundfør, so when I come across a singer like machineheart’s Stevie Scott, who combines the rock shapes of the former with the other-worldly folksiness of the latter, well … have a listen to Altar for yourself.
Coming from the band’s current People Change album and with a mournful brass style melody occasionally breaking through and some subtle indie leanings in the vocals, the track manages to evoke comparisons with Tango in the Night era Fleetwood Mac and The Killers at their electro-melancholic best.
In keeping with the rest of the album though, there’s a keen ear for a pop hook and adapting the norms of arena rock and pop gloss to a more personal, relatable sound.
Altar and People Change are out now via Nettwerk Records, and you can click here for details on streaming or downloading the album. The band will be touring North America in the coming months, with news of upcoming dates available of the band’s Facebook page.