From the opening haunting notes of “your last touch” through to the end of “empty grounds”, the Promise by Weeping Boy is a work of experimental electronic music that hits you in the feels. When I first heard “lonely nights”, in some weird way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, it almost reminded me of sombre indie rock from the early 2000’s even though that’s not at all the genre of the work itself. Then it hit me; vulnerability. That’s what it was. Vulnerability on full display.

Glassy ambient synth textures combine with occasional subtle, noise-oriented, percussion. Occasional pulsing arpeggios and sparse melodies float around the listener’s space. Inventive spacey pad-synths float above minimalist bass pulses on “inching closer” while subtle percussive samples carry the listener forward. “hearing voices” is another inventive and haunting piece, where sample aliasing and subtle bit distortion are used as an emotive textural backdrop that swirls about the listener’s head, while samples drift overtop.

“breaking waves” is a truly unique collage of almost melodic string type pads and digital bassy pulses, evolving into monosynth lines in the vein of classic experimental electronic music from the 70’s.

Packaged with gorgeous abstract artwork that complements the sonic qualities of the release, “The Promise” is a quirky, experimental and haunting release that will leave you aware that you’re longing for something, even if you’re not quite sure what that something is.
Fantastic release.

#WEATNU Digital Magazine – April 2024 – Graham Jackson