With their musical and emotional roots embedded in the far corners of Cornwall, ENNOR write songs that have a palpable sense of openness and raw emotion. It’s the culmination both of their journeys across the UK and a nostalgic longing for the Cornish sea. By turns folk and rock, the four-piece’s infectious sound has garnered attention from London to Penzance, as well as the acclaim of BBC Introducing. The poeticism and sincerity of frontman Tom Elliott is propped by the blistering work of the rhythm section. Adam Williams’s driving drums and the dexterous string work of guitarist Jack Rennie and bassist James Creed have earned their sound a new moniker: ‘Californwall’ – a fitting epithet to describe the perennial summer communicated in their songwriting. Drawing influence from the likes of Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem and The War On Drugs, ENNOR spent the summer of 2017 touring their sunshine sounds across the UK to the like of Ronnie Scotts, The Eden Project and Boardmasters, before heading into the studio to record new works ready for 2018 and the turn of the seasons.
Cascading harmonics and intricate finger style thrust us into the immersive sonic world of ENNOR’s ‘Wave After Wave’. A melancholic reflection on climate change, the band question at what point will we have gone too far, an apposite reflection that metaphorically extends to universal concerns of the human condition in love, friendship, politics. No less rich in the idyllic imagery that courses through their catalogue, ENNOR’s peerless sound is awash in multitudinous textures and colours. A rich electric lead flows into the track, foreshadowing the song’s mounting crescendo towards it’s relentless skygazing second half. Restless drums and stacked vocals exhilaratingly draw the listener on to the proverbial edge before ENNOR’s searing outro reveals a blinding ambition and humbling instrumental nous not commonly seen in folk rock groups. By turns both intimate and visceral, ‘Wave After Wave’ is a stunning testament to the musicianship of its makers – a vital new sound that could only hail from the surfer heartland of the UK.