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PART THE SECOND

Maudlin Of The Well

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.23 | 529 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This truly is an incredible piece of work from Toby Driver and company. I certainly wasn't expecting what I would describe as pleasant music from these guys but there is some of that.This is all about shifting moods and atmospheres, the kind of music that you listen to carefully and at the same time marvel at what you are hearing. Some have mentioned Toby Driver's other band KAYO DOT's later works as comparisons. And I must say that their "Blue Lambency Downward" which was released the year before this one maybe has some passing similarities but man it doesn't even compare to this one in my opinion.This trumps it every possible way.

"An Exerpt From 6,000,000,000,000 Miles before The First, Or, The Revisitation Of The Blue Ghost" is the 11 minute opener. As I mentioned this has a surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable intro.Violin joins in. A change after a minute as it calms right down. Reserved vocals join in.It's building before 6 minutes then it lightens a minute later but the tempo picks up. Piano and drums lead 9 minutes in.

"Another Exerpt : Keep Light Near You, Even When Dying" is such a cool title. It's classical sounding with those strings. Drums and piano join in.Guitar after 2 minutes. A change 3 1/2 minutes in with odd sounding vocals. "Rose Quartz Turning To Glass" opens with violin and piano as drums join in. It settles right down with violin as strummed guitar comes and goes. Some weird vocal expressions then it kicks in with normal vocals before 5 1/2 minutes. Nice. Organ ends it.

"Clover Garland Island" has these outbursts of sound that come and go. It settles in with guitar and drums after a minute. Reserved vocals join in.The guitar turns aggressive 2 1/2 minutes in when the vocals stop. It settles back with vocals again. Nature sounds here too. It picks up before 7 minutes as a pleasant upbeat section takes over.Then the strings and reserved vocals take over as it calms right down.

"Laboratories Of The Invisible World (Roller Skating The Cosmic Palmistric Postborder)" is the longest track at almost 12 minutes. It opens with laid back guitar expressions. Reserved vocals come in then it kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes. Nice. This is great ! This continues as it doesn't settle until before 11 minutes.What a ride ! My favourite song on here no doubt. Piano only ends it.

Without question this is a special album that I would dare say even has a cinematic quality to it.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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