It feels difficult to discuss a Hayden Thorpe solo album and not mention what came before. The two entwining voices that became such a vital component of Wild Beasts’ signature sound has potential to be sorely missed on Diviner, but Thorpe handles duties admirably; his soaring falsetto both intimate and quietly devastating across its slight thirty-five minute running time. Most notably, it finds Thorpe undoubtedly at peace with the breakup of his band.
With most tracks piano-led, arranged around subtle electronic touches, the approach is simplistic and uncluttered, best demonstrated on brooding standout ‘Human Knot’. There’s still room for sumptuous closer ‘Impossible Object’, leaving the hairs on the back of the neck standing and the mind cleansed. Hayden, we’ve missed you.