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FROM FATHOMS

Gifts From Enola

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.49 | 12 ratings

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5 stars When I saw this in the Post-Rock/Math Rock genre on here, I was surprised. I was expecting a slower, more cliched form of post-rock. This, however, is a very active album and definitely utilizes the soundscapes of post-rock and mixes them with the aggression and fast pace of math rock. I listened to their first album and wasn't really impressed, but From Fathoms succeeds where it's predecessor does not.

For a start, take a look at the cover, and then try to remember every scene you can from those Discovery Channel® undersea/oceanic documentaries, 'cause you'll want those for this if you really wanna get creative.

Upon starting the first track, Benthos, it starts off with a chordal guitar intro; however, it leads you to believe there is something to come. I enjoyed how the cymbal noise builds up to the moment where it literally plunges you beneath the waves. Suddenly, a soundscape of clean guitar and underwater echoes surrounds you and leads into the loud monster of audio to come. This is where the track really gets started musically. For me, Benthos's first successful melodic section is between 1:57 and 2:51, before bringing things down a bit, then moving into more heavier territory around 3:50.

Weightless Frame is interesting for it's electronic intro which I can picture myself exploring the depths of the dark ocean in a small mini-sub. Again, it brings in the heavier rock into the mixture, and transitions into a mix of clean guitar, simple vocals, and harmonica. It then makes it's way up into Weightless Thought, which is an excellent song of memorable guitar melodies and riffs. This is a perfect example of the activeness I mentioned earlier. It's a very rockin' song.

Trieste is one of my favorites, having a very memorable first major progression at 1:53. Being the longest track on the album, it does a great job in exploring various progressions throughout the song, but uses a repeated progression first heard around 7:40 as a foundation to return to, just in case you got a little too lost. Excellent way to do things. As a last note, this track contains one of the heaviest of guitar riffs I've ever heard, taking place around 6:00; however, it isn't worth much if you don't listen to the sections leading up into it, 'cause then the anticipation just isn't there. So be sure to listen to tackle the whole song for the full effect.

I believe Resurface was difficult for me to get into because I was so used to the previous pace of the more active songs, so when they decided to slow things down just for a little bit, I had a slightly difficult time readjusting. However, the first 3 minutes sound great! Very spacious and makes your mind drift, but the harder rock section in the middle of the song seemed a little too out-of-the-way for me. I got used to it though. No big deal. But the ending of the song is very gentle as acoustic guitars play a very simple progression and you can hear minor sounds of children and such in the background.

Melted Wings is great too. Nice climaxing beginning, then goes into a smoother beat and cleaner instrumentation, then heavier, then smooths out again with some nice vocals singing "Resurface" in the background.

Thawed Horizon has a very erratic beginning, but it's no problem if you're already a fan of The Mars Volta or of a similar sound. 2:15 starts a groovy section, leading into a very pulsing and uplifting progression full of reverb-ed guitar melodies. Eventually, the song lets off; again, with more clean instrumentation, and you can hear a man (whoever he is) explaining the metaphoric meaning of "remaining beneath the waves" and this obviously reveals the bands true nature of the album.

Aves starts off with a very groovy intro with a lot of echoing instrumentation, adding into the soundscape. After moving into a more climactic section of riffs and guitar melodies involving the classic "tapping" technique, the music smooths out, and then displays a wonderful ending.

As I said, the music is very active and I've noticed it's definitely very guitar-oriented. Don't expect a wide range of instruments on this one. This may not be a perfect initiate image of Progressive Rock to it's die-hard followers, but it's definitely what I would determine as progressive, and it is quite certainly in a rock format. There's a meaning behind all the madness going on in this album, and hopefully the band's music and message inspires something in it's listeners the way it's interested me. Being a musician of guitar and keyboards myself, a lot of the melodies and guitar riffs remained stuck in my head long after the album was over, and I keep returning to this album for more entertainment. It's definitely a fun album. I'd recommend anyone to check it out.

jpgarcia7787 | 5/5 |

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