Looming - Nailbiter

Review by Dillon Crader

Looming’s first full-length album, Nailbiter, is a killer indie release. Looming’s sound is this perfectly composed indie-rock mixed with very beautiful melodies and guitar riffs that instantly hooked me.

Vocalist Jessica Knight has a stunning and very unique voice that differs so much from any other band I have ever listened to before. Jessica’s voice throughout the album is a total stand out - the blend between her voice and the music is flawless. “Onwawd” has a very cool sound with vocals overlapping each other a little halfway through, and the result is goose-bump inducing.

The drumming on this album is another high point as well, successfully adding a lot of feeling to the songs. I feel that drums generally aren’t a huge factor to the way songs feel (or at least a lot of bands don’t usually take it into account) but the drums on tracks like “Eat” just really give a warm-hearted feeling, and I feel like this really sets the whole mood for the song. Not to mention the awesome bass riff towards the end of “Eat” that just makes it that much better.

Nailbiter, as cliche as it sounds, is a jaw-dropping release. I wasn’t expecting to be as blown away as I am with this album, but thankfully, it was a pleasant surprise. There are small hidden treasures in this release, like beautiful guitar riffs here and there, the blend and layering of the vocals, and the strong rhythm section. I am excited to see where Nailbiter will take Looming. This is an album that should and will be recognized. I see nothing but great things in Looming’s future after this release. 

Rating: 5/5

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