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4 stars Now this really is the bees' knees. This one-track EP contains a thirty-minute post-rock treat, a track that gently takes the listener through a variety of soundscapes using oh-so-crisp drumwork, distorted guitar and bass with plenty of reverb and sustain. There's no tune, of course, and while ordinarily that would limit it's appeal to me, I'm captivated by the feel of the piece. It helps me identify what was missing from 'Cale:Drew', their album issued before this EP, which is the breadth of composition needed to truly draw the listener in.

'Dominion' has a much more ambient feel than anything on 'Cale:Drew', with a gentle guitar introduction giving way to a simple but slightly varied drum pattern. The song drifts like a summer shower until the twelve-minute mark, where drawn-out guitar notes are followed by sparse bass, and it all begins again ... at the twenty minute mark it grows heavier and darker for a time, with feedback squealing a thunderstorm of noise. The storm comes and goes for a while, until the track ends with a crunching climax and a long, delicious fade out. Doesn't sound much for thirty minutes of music, but that's the point. You're supposed to fill in the gaps.

Oddly, this album gave me a similar feeling to listening to early BOARDS OF CANADA: crisp rhythms over slightly restrained and muffled notes, the accompaniment to some imaginary documentary. I understand this was edited down from 50 minutes of music. I'm sure it's a better product for the edit, but I could cope with more of this!

JAKOB have constructed a delightful composition, one I will return to when the mood takes me: not often, but with pleasure each time. Four stars for those comfortable with post-rock, and possibly an extra star for those who enjoy ambient music. Best thing I've heard out of my home country for ages. Pure bliss.

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Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
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3 stars In a sense, Dominion is exactly what Jakob needed to produce. A truly epic ambient piece that stands alone as a summary of their entire work. Dominion is a 29 minute single track, released as a EP, that is based quite simply around simple layered guitar soundscapes and light drum patterns. There is little that will easily distinguish Dominion from any other ambient piece the band has done before - the exception being that it is much longer.

Herein lies the problem - it is essentially a mood piece. There is no chance that every person will like this song. It is overly long, some would say boring, but it was created to act as a flowing soundscape, devoid of lyrical clutter, nor needless aggression and noise. The real beauty of Dominion is that it just meanders along in a slow, purposeful manor, carrying the listener away on a soft cloud of noise. Every few minutes, the direction of the music changes slightly, varying the timbre and pace subtly, but it still feels like the pure stream never stops. Around the 20 minute mark, the typical Jakob darkness descends, precipitated by a heavier bass line and increased tempo.

Unfortunately Dominion suffers from being such a long piece, as it is not easy to focus the whole way through without feeling that the band could have filled the soundscape out much more, but as a minimalist ambient piece, I can think of little better. Dominion is an ethereal and gentle song that could quite easily be one of the best things the band has done; but suffers from a terminal lack of direction and overall impact.

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Posted Monday, December 28, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars I actually really like this piece of post rock. It's basically ambience that slowly leads to a semi- energetic beat and tune, and I don't have an issue with its length. Perhaps I would prefer vocals though. The single song EP really reflects a somber and peaceful mood, despite its sometimes energetic drumming and guitar. But as a single piece EP, it has potential and works incredibly well for the minimalist design it has.

I'm not quite sure why I enjoyed this really. Instrumentals are not my preferred style in music - but for some reason, this one caught my attention, and given that, I must say that I recommend this for post rock fans - on the basis that it establishes and holds a mood as well as the listeners attention throughout. I could actually see this being quite good study music for those who happen to come across this rarity (legally).

4 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | Review Permalink

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