Album review: Dual Sides by Ceiling Demons

Dual Sides by Ceiling Demons
Dual Sides by Ceiling Demons
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Showcased earlier this year in the music video section of the Yorkshire Evening Post website, Ceiling Demons are an alternative hip-hop trio from North Yorkshire.

Featuring twin brother MCs Psy and Dan with production by Beat Demon, they have a fondness for spook masks, meaty beats and soulful samples of the type often favoured by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan.

“You’re dealing with the demons/The ones who got higher than the ceiling,” they rap in strong Broad Acres accents over a gorgeous string arrangement in Journal; the gritty Amputated Spirit tackles the death of the soul through alcohol and narcotics, urging: “Don’t give up on this/It’ll be all right if you try and win”.

Closing the Journal returns to the theme, observing pithily: “Every weekend we wage war upon our health, ever weekend we wage war upon ourselves.”

Interlude speeds up a Joanna Newsom sample to make her sound even more helium-voiced than the original; darkness and paranoia cloud The Mirror’s Image, with the brothers uncomfortably noting: “You’ve unleashed the monster”.

The Dark Wood offers a glimmer of hope (“Back and forth over the the line that sanity tries to provide”), a sentiment that grows in strength by the ballad Someone Great (“You know, you put a smile on my face/Begin to paint the world you want to create”).

By closing track Heartstrings, with its keening violins, they’ve left the shadows behind: “This life is about learning, sometimes, hurting, sometimes loving/Live and give to every single person.”

For those of a delicate disposition, be warned, Dual Sides is sweary, but it’s also an astonishingly assured debut album.

It’ll be available from the Ceiling Demons’ Bandcamp page from December 18 and from iTunes and Amazon.

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