Deaf Havana are one those bands you cannot really be sure if whether they are about to break up or are simply busy dealing with band stuff when they go silent after each record cycle. That’s what keeps them exciting, in a way. It’s been a long time coming, with the latest record coming out during the autumn of 2013, but they are finally back with a brand new fourth album; one that easily can be called the follow-up to 2011’s sophomore effort and fan favourite Fools and Worthless Liars.
All These Countless Nights delivers a fresh, modern version of Deaf Havana’s signature sound while its real strength lies within the song writing. The leader of the pack is definitely “Sing.” Its catchy guitar hook and singalong-worthy chorus will make it a definite crowd-pleaser at any upcoming tour and festival appearance. “Like a Ghost” is the track that 100% resonates with the way I’ve been feeling lately. The massive upbeat chorus and a sick guitar solo ease the brutally honest but depressive topic of burning out. It’s the finest track of the entire record to me. And here comes “Happiness” in the picture with lyrics like, “I’ve been trying out this thing they call happiness for a while/But I never truly cleared my cluttered mind.” Currently kind of failing at that and need a constant reminder to appreciate the little things in life. This is also the song the album title comes from.
Back-to-back tracks “England” and “Seattle” hold the contrast of longing away from the motherland and not exactly finding your place and thinking of home once you’ve been on the road for quite some time on the other side of the world.
Not many bands are able to pull such thing off, but I think this is one of those albums that’s capable of pleasing ever so judgemental old fans and also appealing to a wider audience. If you’re one those people who loves the perfect mood to listen to something, try walking outside on rainy days with this record on.