After self-releasing Old Growth last year, Year of Glad are now bringing it out fully, on the Vox Humana label, in remixed form. This is post-rock with strong folk stylings: it sounds like an urgent source of heat in a cold, desolate landscape. Fair enough, as its roots are in rural Canada. Blue and black coloured vinyl.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 October 2015In between features on Kim Kardashian and Bryan Ferry, The Quietus found the time to label the initial pressing of this record ‘awe inspiring’……and now it's been remixed and re-pressed for you to catch up on. What we have is a monumental piece of folky post rock that sounds like it was recorded in some kind of cathedral. The group (emanating out of Montreal, Canada as all post rock groups invariably do) are a five piece who incorporate sax and violins within their plundering atmospherics. The opening ‘Deth’ has whispered chant-like vocals which evocatively sit amongst all the bowing and scraping. Some ‘Telegraph Road’ style guitar introduces the ambient ‘Gorge’ which has layers of washed out wordless vocals to create a mist of ambience. The band are huge in their ambition and not in any kind of hurry. The album has that feel of early Godspeed albums (particularly on its first side) where the larger pieces are punctuated by ambience and interludes. Over on the B side they just get bigger and more grandiose. ‘Blythe’ is a little straining for me with preachy vocals and enormous crescendos but closer ’Swim’ is probably my favourite piece with several shifts of tone and tempo culminating with yelped vocals and an ambient epilogue of guitars to close. Like most post rock this is serious music made by serious people. No fun to be had here. But if you like Godspeed, Esmerine, Set Fire to Flames, A Silver Mount Zion et al then this is a new and different take on this genre.
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