Single Review: Sun Arcana – Nocturnal


Sun Arcana may have dropped a little from my radar in recent times but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world hasn’t been playing attention. I last covered the band in October when I reviewed their single of the time called Oblique while getting very over excited like a teenager on Frosty Jack and the band have continued to go from strength to strength ever since. (Other brands of pretty grim tasting cider are also available).

Moving swiftly on… that track was brilliant and their previous single Alone was equally as brilliant albeit a hell of a lot more delicate while racking up over 27,000 views on YouTube. The band seems to be on a real roll at the minute which is just as well considering that they are currently putting the finishing touches to their as yet untitled debut album.

Produced by Pete Maher (The Killers, Depeche Mode, U2, Linkin Park and Jack White) Nocturnal is described by the band as another taster of what to expect from the upcoming album and if that’s true then that record will be a beauty. In traditional Sun Arcana style the track is about 3 songs at once. It’s a slow building atmospheric number before sliding into more straightforward territory and a nigh on Royal Blood-esque breakdown in the final third. Speaking of rock’s current favourite fuzzy music makers I’d love to see Sun Arcana just once go full Royal Blood for an entire song and completely lose their s**t. I think that would sound amazing.

That being said the band’s style now suits them down to a tee. The vocal from Harper-Ward is powerful and emotive while the rest of the song veers between tranquillity and chaos with striking ease. The band has found their lane and they are absolutely killing it.

Nocturnal is released on 1st April.

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