Where to start? Seven albums in, despite only forming a decade ago, and considering ringleader Alex Neilson's predilection for side-projects and guest features, Trembling Bells just get more… more. More ambitious, more freewheelin', more bombastic, more… Start again, minus the hyperbole. Inevitable protestations of over-simplification aside, Trembling Bells are ostensibly a folk-rock five-piece based in Glasgow.
Trembling Bells have never been concerned with keeping with the times. Instead of angsty modern themes, they deal with gigantic archetypal forms like love and death, their clattering folk rock writ large in primary colours of bold, crashing chord progressions and songs studded with references to mainstream poets like Dylan Thomas. They're anachronistic, but not in a shallow way.