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Boomkat Product Review:
'Stoic' is the hyped debut from multi-instrumentalist James Kelly, issued by the heads at Left Blank. A background as the sole permanent member and writer behind Irish black metal moniker Altar Of Plagues is ostensibly at stark odds with the sounds inside, but peer beyond the skin or t-shirt logos and there's a clear emotional connection between his metal roots and his taste for emosh pop music, one which has played him straight into Tri Angle's schedule for a debut album in 2013. But, here and now, 'Stoic''s biggest tune, the tenderised pressure of Burial-esque woodblock rhythm and opulent anguish, 'Bodies' has already racked up 30,000 hits on youtube in the last fortnight and rightfully claimed fans from Indigo to Mary Anne Hobbs. Cut deeper still and you find the carmine bass ooze and Massive Attack-ed atmospheres of 'Trials' and vibes strongly reminding of Daniel O'Sullivan's Miracle project on 'Circles' or again with the subterranean 'Untrue'-like appeal of his emotionally wrought closer 'Endings'.