Reviewed by Chris Render
I’d been looking forward to reviewing this debut album from Irish outfit The Butterfly Explosion, and I was not disappointed. Anarchic, eclectic and absolutely inspired, Lost Trails is everything a debut album should be, putting the band firmly on the map. The Butterfly Explosion clearly have no scruples about bucking conformity and trying new things, the album itself an experiment in music, combining beautiful music and deep, emotion-wracked vocals to create something ethereal and dreamlike. Lost Trails is truly breathtaking, a refreshingly unique exercise in sound that needs to be heard to be believed. Every track is a highlight, but if I had to pick favourites then Sophia and Chemistry are the real greats. But it is difficult to choose just a few tracks from an album like this. If you’re a fan of experimental music and shoegaze, or if you just want to check out something a bit different, I’d definitely recommend The Butterfly Explosion, and expect to see more from them in future.