Album review: The Alchemy – Chemical Daydream

Huge, anthemic choruses are at the core of the band’s debut record. 

The Alchemy, a new rock band from Canterbury, have released their debut LP Chemical Daydream last Friday. Full of anthemic choruses and slick production, the LP follows the band’s debut EP (released April 2016).

Music built for stadiums and arenas, The Alchemy’s twist on modern Brit-rock has seen the band support Mallory Knox, I Am Giant, and has seen more than 100,000 views of an unreleased track from their EP.

With ‘Chemical Daydream’’s rich, melodic tapestry of intricate instrumentation and hard-
hitting songs, vocalist Rhys Taylor’s huge and unique vocal performance, The Alchemy have found a way to seamlessly weave their eclectic influences into an electrifying sneak peak at UK rock to come.

The album starts of extremely strong with Take Me Alive, Diamond Bones and Better The Devil You Know. Here they showcase what they do best, and you’ll find it hard to stop listening to these tracks if you like British rock. There’s something satisfying about the outstanding production and almost cinematic instrumentalisation.

Across the record, The Alchemy present their fail-safe formula of killer hooks and catchy choruses that some may find much of the same, but if you listen closely, it’s an extremely smart move and not boring at all. What they’ve done is they have created a signature sound for themselves that’ll propel them onto festival line-ups and headline shows in no time. The sound is melodic enough to garner them some major mainstream support, but still heavy enough to expect the odd moshpit at their live shows.

We’re a sucker for Give Me The Sky – there’s something sultry about this entire track that is gothy, and haunting and synth-y all the same. And again, the anthemic chorus will have everyone singing along – we’ll probably get our phone torches out as well.

Album closer and title track Chemical Daydream, is one of the more synth-heavy songs on the release but with the accompanied guitar licks it works nicely as a big-sounding, yet chill come-down. We probably wouldn’t have put it last as there’s a few other tracks on Chemical Daydream that are more likely to make you hit repeat but its huge outro couldn’t have it placed anywhere else.