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- Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4,5, & 6 by Grails
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 23 October 2013
Hyper-prolific atmospheresmiths Grails are back once again this week with a handy volume compiling the last three installments of their ‘Black Tar Prophecies’ series. You probably know the score by now. They make dusky and highly accomplished instrumentals which mix restrained post rock grooves and Morricone-esque dusty spaghetti western touches.
Lots of the stuff on here is considerably more polished and grandiose than their earlier recordings (I’m not convinced by the occasional bit of widescreen ‘80s cliff’s-edge guitar soloing) but you know where you are with Grails - it’s more of their trademark epic and mystical post-post-rock heaviness, precisely delivered and very well recorded. If you like their many other records, this will no doubt float your boat too.
Here's what our Dave had to say about volume 4 when it came in back in 2010:
"The first track on this puppy really eases you into what is a daring, and maybe confusing proposition. It sounds like it's been taken from the soundtrack of a Seventies emotional drama, with its piano mottifs and undulating sonics. This is par-for-the-course, as the record progresses you are taken on a most delightful musical journey. Some moments are as quiet and cantankerous as a Russian mouse (??!!) then some passages are hugely epic and uplifting. The musicianship's fucking ace too. All the songs have moments that grab your attention and refuse to let you go. A potential classic and must have...if you only listen to one record this year then you should try working in a record shop...you get to hear loads....."
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