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Long Distance Calling


Post Rock/Math rock

3.49 | 46 ratings

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kev rowland
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3 stars German post rock act Long Distance Calling were formed in 2006 by David Jordan (guitar), Janosch Rathmer (drums), Florian F'ntmann (guitar), Jan Hoffmann (bass) and Reimut van Bonn (ambience) who wanted to create music where there would be no rules or preconceptions. Primarily an instrumental act, they had however previously worked with guest- singers such as John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax) or Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) so they were aware of the possibilities of using vocals within their own musical style. When founder member Reimut amicably departed in April 2012 they discussed what the next step should be for the band and they soon settle on Marsen Fischer to provide vocals on a permanent basis, with the added bonus that he also plays keyboards.

The new album then is quite different in some ways to the band's previous works, but at the same time fits in very naturally with their history. They have again used some guest musicians to broaden the sound, this time including Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), Henrik Freischlader, Robot Koch (Casper, Max Mutzke, Marteria), Norwegian singer/songwriter Petter Carlsen, Tuneverse co-founder Alex Komlew and Mario Cullmann (F'nf Sterne Deluxe). 'The Flood Inside' starts with an instrumental number, 'Nucleus', but follows that up with 'Inside The Flood' which does have vocals. But, the songs without vocals don't need them as they are complete in themselves while the songs with vocals are complete without being overpowered by the singer. It is all about doing what is right for the music, and the use of space and clear layers within the sound is spot on. It is an album that can be enjoyed the very first time it is played but the more it gets into the psyche the better it is.

Well structured, complex where it needs to be but simple in others, this is a very strong piece of work and could well be considered their best yet. Worth investigation.

kev rowland | 3/5 |


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