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SOLACE

Jakob

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.97 | 35 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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4 stars In 2006, Jakob released their third studio album, Solace, and marked a further move towards an almost completely ambient style, devoid of any lyrics and 'standard' structures. The first thing that strikes a listener about Solace, is the fact that the music appears to flow with very minimal progression, but slowly morphs into a completely different realm altogether. Unlike Cale:Drew, the mass of black noise that would be apt to explode sometime during the song is pretty much absent, and replaced by a more layered yet no less dynamic progression.

In terms of post-rock, Solace is even more minimalist than Jakob's previous releases, or similar bands like GY!BE. The standout tracks include the proto-typical Jakob opener Malachite, the crisp percussion based grooves of Oran Mor, as well as the ethereal beauty of Everything All of The Time and Saint. Solace suffers a little from a sense of repetition, as any largely ambient piece will, but it at least has evolved its sound from Cale:Drew, both through a more polished production, and better developed soft-loud-soft structure. Instrumentally, Drummer Jason Johnston stands out, providing a solid platform for the development of each track, he is simply brilliant in the way he is able to control the timbre and tempo of each movement. This allows both Jeff Boyle and Maurice Beckett to heavily layer the sound over the course of each track. It is also very impressive that Jakob are able to create such mature and well developed pieces with only 3 members, and still maintain a powerful and full sound.

Solace is an incredible achievement for a Kiwi band, a mature and powerful album that doesn't always rely upon creating an angular mass of noise, but prefers to focus upon creating sweet grooves, ethereal soundscapes and calming moods. As long as you can keep your attention span, Solace is a very rewarding experience.

Any Colour You Like | 4/5 |

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