Comparisons will be made, Sigur Ros being one of the most frequently-drawn similarities, but the truth is Mt. Wolf are onto something original. Aetherlight is their debut offering and it's a record that simmers away, constantly threatening to boil over into chaos. Don't take this thirteen-track lightly...
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Big music alert! It’s big and glistening and made of tough unmoveable bronze; it’s euphoric and you’re in a big boat watching the Northern lights move about. Mt. Wolf, alive with the glory of a pop version of post-rock, enhanced with computer sounds, have made ‘Aetherlight’ an overdriven experience that builds in massive acoustic spaces to sound somewhere between Bon Iver, Sigur Ros and Bastille. Bigly!
By the time I’m on “Soteria”, with its falsetto croon, beaming ghost choir and humbly played but loudly mastered guitar strums, I can’t help but feel it’s not my choice whether I have feelings to this record. It may not always be the most subtle with its movements -- in fact the marching drum kicks in on this record like someone trying to get you out of bed by taking your duvet off your bed -- but it always sounds bursting with life, the mix of electric guitars, coating ambience and band fanfare cutting your ears off from any possible silence.
Every new track is a new panoramic tearjerker: the heartbroken cello and twinkling backdrop of “Bohemia” emanate like a more earthy Julianna Barwick production, and make me feel halfway to starring in my own version of the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, while “Dorji” grows out of a picking pattern into a huge, overthrowing beat for you to reckon with. Mt. Wolf are at the peak doing effusive star-jumps -- listen to them to feel a majestic melancholy.
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