Soul Whirling Somewhere

Hope Was

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Like the Pyewackit EP which preceded it, the two-disc Hope Was sees Soul Whirling Somewhere's music take a turn toward more organic, acoustic-based sounds. An oppressively dark and mournful album, Michael Plaster's third full-length is in essence a concept record exploring the fallout from a broken romance, compounded by an inability to let go; each note is plainly deeply personal, and at times Hope Was makes for almost painful listening -- it's beautiful in its way, but it leaves the listener exhausted, especially over the course of two CDs.

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