[2015.10.20] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
Anna Von Hauswolff’s follow-up to 2013’s Ceremony opens with Discovery; an epic, reaching close to seven minutes across an instrumental landscape, before Von Hauswolff’s, at first elfin, voice captures the scene. The mood is set and the following eight tracks further paint a heavy and sore world, often using rich organ sounds as the spine of these stoic tracks.
Touches of Sabbath metal can be heard emerging from time to time as in Come Wander With Me Deliverance.
Subtlety is not order-of-the day on this record, with arrangements filled with weighty on-beat unison, and vocals divining archetypal eccentrics, but The Miraculous patiently draws a narrative of resilience and determination against oppressive weathers to great effect.