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MANA

Time Columns

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.36 | 5 ratings

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besotoxico
3 stars Time Columns studio effort, Mana, comes at a time when the Earth is broken and beaten. Endless wars, Countless deaths, and Catastrophic disasters are the norm. Mother Earth needs its spirit rejuvenated. Musically, Time Columns cast REGEN on Earth's Mana but its it too late?

Salvo starts us upon the journey. Off the shores, seagulls yappin about the weather and fish, bells harmonize the breeze. A very post rock, ambient introduction takes through a melodic guitar line. Everything comes starts to come together then it becomes apparent that they must travel through time to heal Earth. Traveling in 7 and beyond giant rifts are created. A mix of synthetic and organic sounds are traversed. They manage to keep it all together despite the odd timing. It floats for a while but this all feels so familiar to me. I don't feel as if I'm brought into new territory. My favorite part of this song is the ending where the bending distortion slowly trancends into a solo guitar line that almost sounds like its recorded in the bathroom on a cheap, old tape recoder, recorded on old tape so there's a slight natural tape delay minor distortion to it.

Lights at Rendlesham has a rawer sound to it. The drums are on point and don't float as much. The music is very chill and would be great to listen to on a road trip but again I'm not hearing anything breaking out in particular. The math edge definitely shows through but the heavy production and editing keep it in the post rock realm. At about 8:00 it gets interesting and goes heavy production. Very trippy. I can't decipher most of the speaking but I hear someone say Wake Up. Guitar starts to come back through. Synth following closely behind. Water sounds prevailing.

Tetralemma has a rawer sound to it at first. This one travels up the 4/4 time column. Has a danceable edge to it. Around 3:40ish they get into a sick little groove.

Lole's song starts off folky and goes almost tribal with a Australian overtone.

Produce Communicate Transport Destroy does all but destroy it. Some asian sounding guitar thrown in the mix. They play around with 5/4. Drums are sick on this track. Much control. Good track.

Luma starts off delayed. This track is very Pink Floyd inspired. If not almost a direct tribute. There are vocals on this track. They surprisingly fit.

Halcyon Days is very chill. Voyaging on guitar riffage and effects building in the background. Towards the middle it starts to groove in the fashion of the Alan Parsons Project. Ends with some Campfire by the river groovin on the acoustic.

A decent album with much room to improve. Overall the album is enjoyable and would be great to play on a road trip, acid trip, or any other type of trip taken, This music seems almost impossible to replicate live but would be great music to hear at a concert. Good mix of Math Rock rhythm and post rock ambience. 70s prog influenced. Nothing really sounds exciting or refreshing but it is a solid effort.

besotoxico | 3/5 |

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