Wandering through Tower records one day, above a rack of CDs they had placed this record. I tend to look around to see what the staff are highlighting and as I took it in my hand I read a sticker placed on the front by the record label To quote ‘****’, ‘beauty’, ’emotional’ , ‘beautiful’, ‘absolutely essential’, and other more euphemistic praise from the various music magazines.
I couldn’t resist and paid my 20 euro.
When i got home, what a treat!!
Its an entirely instrumental album, as I believe are the band. If you like Godspeed you Black emperor, Sigur Ros, similar bands on the constellation album you’ll love this.
5 tracks spread out across three sides and an etching on the fourth, of what appear to be doves, and the full message which is ‘The earth is not a cold dead place because you are listening, because you are breathing’.
From these messages and the tone of the music one gets the impression that we are being talked to by the earth. Both loving and melancholy. Although its an all electric sound, there is great warmth and emotion in the tracks and you’ll be listening with the lights out, perhaps looking out the window at a dark night, and just perhaps the start of a tear in your eye. Lacking vocals it gives you the emotions to help you think about whatever is in your heart.
And it builds and it builds into great torrents of music and emotion. It gets noisy but you go with it and you feel it.
Warning : you may come away exhausted!
Their website is amusing in how understated it is and how little they really say. But then I guess the music speaks for itself.
Having listened to these tracks on mp3 I can say that the vinyl is a complete revelation. Although there is a scuff at the start of the first track, the sound is full and clear and impressive and the grooves are well spread out for maximum impact. For ten dollars in the US, there is no way you can regret buying this record.
I have yet to buy their other albums but watch for more superltives when I do.