REVIEW: HALCYON 9/2/20
Halcyon from New York rocker Azwel is a fantasy album with a melodic journey from start to finish. This Brit pop inspired record tells an odyssey of sound and lyrical wordplay with electronic tones and classic instrumentals. Standout tracks include the unique shanty "Scourge of the Seven Seas" and the ethereal ballad "Unanswered Questions." This eclectic project is enhanced by seasoned musicians with a message that can't be compared to any contemporary rock acts. With soothing sounds and storytelling methods from experienced artists, Azwel proves their talent with Halcyon for a complete experience into innovative music and entertainment.
- Evangeline W., Freelance Music Reviewer
HALCYON Review: 9/6/20
AZWEL is the brainchild of New York based Jason Perrillo with the occasional help of a
live ensemble. His latest release, Halcyon, offers a strong collection of diverse and
thoughtful pieces driven by firm emotional grounding and eclectic instrumental skill. With
Halcyon, we are spoilt with a wide range of pieces that drift effortlessly through the album,
touching on a certain special sensitivity that blesses the ears through an energy inspired
by the likes of shoegaze, folk and dream pop with a wholly unique flavour. The songs on
Halcyon are dreamy, warm yet not without its emotional weight and connotation. With a
wide ensemble of sound, richly produced and sequenced tracks, driven by Perrillo’s
intelligent and thoughtful lyrics, the album glides effortlessly through each song, inviting
the listener to follow along on a delicately told journey of feeling.
It’s important to accentuate the brilliance of the arrangement of Halcyon. What AZWEL
manages to do over the thirteen tracks of the album is rare to find. Being simply more than
just a compilation of unrelated songs, Halcyon instead exhibits skilful sequencing,
becoming its own organic entity that tells an encapsulating story, evolving naturally through
each song. It’s rare to find an album that so masterfully synthesises its message, dripfeeding it through each track and leaving the listener with an utterly delightful experience.
Halcyon is a wonderful adventure of sound that moves effortlessly through a wide variety
of emotion and style yet thoroughly grounded in its own self-awareness and message.
Perrillo’s most recent contribution to his ever-expansive discography is an achievement
worthy of high recognition and praise, and is a listening experience that should not to be
- Benjamin Steed, Freelance Music Journalist