Her Name Is Calla stand astride the Leicester post-genre music scene like sad behemoths. This has been the state of affairs for over ten years now, and they continue to fly the flag – not only for themselves but for a raft of other dearly-departed bands from the same scene who can raise the hairs on our necks no longer.

It seems somehow fitting, then, that Calla’s Kaleidoscoping is a contemplative ballad led by a haunting piano line and Tom’s heartfelt vocal. As the song continues subtle cymbal washes and an ethereal synth line begin to conjure the feeling of being adrift in a vast and moving ocean, before a huge and initially joyful horn section lifts the song to the heavens.

To me this feels like a love song. It aches, it swells and, most of all, it raises the aforementioned hairs on the back of my neck.

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Dan Wallbank has been floating around the Leicester comedy scene for five years and the music scene for ten. He’s the founder of Comedy and Cocktails at Manhattan34, host of the Firebug Pop Quiz and creator of Instant Nostalgia, the podcast that reviews itself.

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