The instruments at the start of “Coming Through” foster an image of a menacing drone hovering over powerfully and skillfully played tribal drums. In comparison, the center portion is primarily characterized by guitar, which is initially clear and bright, but later “shoegazed.” Arguably the best is saved for last, when at the 3:13 mark of “Coming Through,” the song takes on the levels of tension and force felt during Jeff Wayne’s 1978 musical interpretation of "War of the Worlds.” The dynamic track is held together by strong vocals and consistently creative synth.
“Coming Through” is the title track on the debut album of Bilbao. The band is based in Stockholm, Sweden. They describe themselves as being more aligned with the twilight zone than the comfort zone.
The background for the album:
“’Coming Through’ is about letting go and stepping out into the deep unknown. It’s about taking 7 years to perfect the imperfect. Different people at different times, not always agreeing, but sharing feelings they have buried deep inside their hearts and souls. Sometimes it’s the sound of pitch black darkness, where there are sudden moments of brightness, breaking through, creating a distant feeling of hope.”
“Ulf “Rockis” Ivarsson (Thåström, Nicolai Dunger and more.) was engaged as a producer and put the music onto a darker and slower sonical path. The result was a more torn sound, featuring sizzling analog synths and experimental guitar parts, also sounding like synths. These sonic landscapes were refined further when the band started to collaborate with Daniel Rejmer (Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Foals) who added another level of ragged ambience. Markus Mustonen (Kent – Sweden’s most popular band ever?) added drum parts to a number of the new songs.”