6 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Listening to Painting Pictures of a War feels like floating in a sensory deprivation tank at an expensive spa. The songs instantly lull you into a state of calm with their rippling piano chords and burbling electronics, but the experience is ultimately less about relaxation than intense contemplation. Aquilo frontman Tom Higham delivers light electro-soul ballads with the heaviest of hearts, ruminating on a relationship’s end from the early warning signs (“Never Seen You Get So Low”) to the nasty arguments (“Better Off Without You”) and rueful aftermath (“Losing You”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Listening to Painting Pictures of a War feels like floating in a sensory deprivation tank at an expensive spa. The songs instantly lull you into a state of calm with their rippling piano chords and burbling electronics, but the experience is ultimately less about relaxation than intense contemplation. Aquilo frontman Tom Higham delivers light electro-soul ballads with the heaviest of hearts, ruminating on a relationship’s end from the early warning signs (“Never Seen You Get So Low”) to the nasty arguments (“Better Off Without You”) and rueful aftermath (“Losing You”).

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