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UNTIL SUNRISE is a Frederick,Maryland based post rock band formed on March 20,2010 by original members Joe Dorsey(guitar,keys),Tanner Beard(bass),David Glaze(ambient guitar,ebow)and Sam Dorsey(drums).

The band handed out a 4 song demo at Nearfest 2010 and received help from the band Time Columns in booking their first shows.UNTIL SUNRISE released their self-titled debut album in August of 2010 through CD Baby.Originally intended to be a 5 song EP but ending up as a full length instead,the entire album was recorded in Joe Dorsey's basement.In June,before the release of the CD band member David Glaze decided to leave the group but plans on playing live with them in the future.

UNTIL SUNRISE has done a couple of interviews,and are currently contacting record labels.In the meantime the band are planning on releasing an EP of new material in the winter of 2010 and intends on remastering their full length debut.


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3.50 | 14 ratings
Until Sunrise
2010

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3.14 | 6 ratings
Live at WDIY 88.1
2011

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2.62 | 4 ratings
The Elysian Fields
2011
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2013

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 Until Sunrise by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.50 | 14 ratings

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Until Sunrise
Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by CaptiveTheCaptain

5 stars After listening to fellow PA member Pianoman's band Ocean Architecture, I discovered Until Sunrise, a post rock band consisting of different members, including his brother Sam Dorsey on drums. Ocean Architecture plays solid progressive metal, but here, Until Sunrise plays a different type of prog: lo-fi post rock, boarding Indie rock with a prog rock flavor mixed in. The production isn't perfect, but it adds to the lo-fi feel of the record, making it sound rustic and pure. I originally thought a 3 star rating, but it grew and grew on me the more i listened, and the more I got used to the production style

I liked Pink, As the City Quietly Sleeps, A Maudlin Interlude, and Nostalgic Moment the most, but the whole album is wonderful. Not recommended for every prog fan though: this is a very niche band. This is where I understand where the other reviews are warranted

4.2 of 5 rounded up. (because it's growing on me, may re-review if necessary)

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3.50 | 14 ratings

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Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A nice debut!

Until Sunrise is a young US post band whose first self-titled album was released in 2010, but the one I am reviewing now is the re-release with the alternate name of "Oxide Tones", here it features ten compositions that make a total time of 75 minutes, so yeah, it is a long album. The music here is post rock in its soft, mellow side, with instrumental tracks that create beautiful atmospheres, calm passages and peaceful moments.

The first song is entitled "Sunset", and since this piece I could say Until Sunrise shows us their style and musical tendency; the music starts softly but then it flows and little by little becomes more intense, creating that inherent emotional sound in post rock acts. "Pink" is one of the longer tracks of the album, reaching the ten minutes. The first moments are calm, smooth and relaxing, later it progresses and more elements can be heard, however the music in my point of view never reaches a climax, never explodes, in spite of that weird guitar riff after four minutes. So despite it is a good composition, I expected a moment of seduction, a nucleus, and it may has it, but I simply did not find it.

"Midnight" starts with drums, later bass, guitars and the atmospheric synth join and create a nice and mellow track. It later takes us to "Insomnia" which has a kind of funky guitar that creates a funky post rock sound. Before reaching two minutes the music becomes a bit crazy, they change the direction and try to experiment, but in my honest opinion, the result fails because it does not attract me at all. Anyway is a nice try, it is always good to experiment, not all people dare to do it, but well, sorry guys I did not like this particular track, though its second half is much better.

Until Sunrise surprises us with a challenging 23-minute song in their debut album, something that has to be applauded just for the fact they were capable to compose it. The name is "As the City Quietly Sleeps" and it really starts as softly as if people were sleeping or getting relaxed, that's the good news, the bad news is that all of a sudden after three minutes they wanted to wake up everybody and make a drastic change into a much heavier sound, which is out of place in my opinion. Later it becomes rockier, not that heavier, but the experimentation does not seem to end because they create mini-songs in this whole track, I mean, we can appreciate different passages, some of them are pretty cool, some others aren't, the heavier ones in particular, which actually sound really amateurish and as I said, out of place.

"A Maudlin Interlude" is one of the shortest compositions, with two and a half minutes of acoustic guitar, delicate percussion, some piano notes and a complementary harmonica, sweet. "Sunrise" is a nice track that starts with a dark atmosphere that later is becoming lighter. Here we can listen to a combination of both, acoustic and electric guitar, accompanied by drums and bass, as usual. The acoustic feeling continues until the song finishes, but also continues in the next track entitled "First Signs of Summer" which happens to be the shortest of the whole album. This three-song part of the record seems to be contrast with what the band offered in the previous tracks, which is not bad at all, but it is also an indication that they are trying to find out their own identity, their own sound.

The album finishes with "Nostalgic Moment" and "Another Nostalgic Moment", two songs that judging by the title may perfectly work together. The music is mellow, relaxing and beautiful mainly due to the piano; later it becomes a bit heavier and more emotional, but here it perfectly flows, it is not forced like previous tracks. In the second nostalgic moment I can listen a better quality mainly in the bass, though the music is practically the same, they could have made a 14 minute track instead of these two, but anyway, I believe this is my favorite part of the album.

I cannot deny the trio has talent, these guys are working hard and one really appreciates that, however, I invite them to work even harder because I am sure they have more to learn offer in the near future. This album shows the first steps, but now I expect their upcoming productions with surely more mature stuff. My final grade will be 2.75 rounded to three.

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 Live at WDIY 88.1 by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Live, 2011
3.14 | 6 ratings

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Live at WDIY 88.1
Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Good radio show!

Until Sunrise are a young and promising post-rock band from United States who so far have released one studio album, one (this) live album and one single. It is cool to see that new and talented bands are receiving help in order to be better known and recognized, cool to know they took a radio show (I believe) as a platform, so one can appreciate how they sound live.

This "Live at WDIY 88.1" album features six songs (actually four) and a total time of 36 minutes. It opens with "Sunset", which also opens the studio album, it is a nice track with atmospheric and emotional guitars, cool drums and a warm sound overall. The last minute is faster, louder and even more emotional. But well, have to say that it clearly sounds cleaner in studio.

"Watching the Clock" has a soft but exquisite guitar sound at first; a minute later it (as the previous track) turns faster, louder and more emotional. A thing I love is that guitars never disappear, we can listen to the as fore or back, but they are always there with something to share.

"Nostalgic Moment" clearly shares what the title suggests. Here I like a lot that piano sound, which is the one that I am sure people will remember about this track. In spite the song begins too slow, after a couple of minutes it becomes more and more interesting, so hold on and do not skip it, better wait until the very end. The fourth track is simply the "station ID", needless to say.

"As the City Quietly Sleeps" is the big composition here, the original can be found in their studio album as a 23-minute epic, but here it is a shorter 17-minute version. This is a challenging track that let us know that this band really have talent and future things to offer. However, I have to admit that there are moments where I lost the track, I mean, moments where the music did not share anything new, so I got bored for some seconds; that was the bad news. The good news is that most of the time I was expecting something, excited to see what would happen next, because the I let the music take me to wherever it wanted to be.

The last track simply shows the reactions of the people who were there, nothing more. Kudos for Until Sunrise, I am sure we will hear their name for several years, hope they keep together and have success. For this live album my final grade will be three stars.

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 The Elysian Fields by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
2.62 | 4 ratings

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The Elysian Fields
Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars A mellow and beautiful track!

Nowadays we may say that post-rock is a musical genre that has gained a lot of followers due to its fresh sound and emotional atmospheres. Also, there are people who find inspiration in this genre, and contribute with their grain of sand. A young band from Maryland has now entered to the scene, and they are willing to stay there for a lifetime and of course, obtain recognition and followers.

With the internet facility, I have got closer to them since they offer their music for free (or pay what you want); and I am happy with what I listen. Until Sunrise is a trio who have released one studio and one live album so far, along with this latest single release of the song entitled "The Elysian Fields".

This five-minute track shares some evident Explosions in the Sky hints, which may have been one of Until Sunrise inspirations. The song has a beautiful sound with atmospheric textures, relaxing guitars, soft drums that little by little become more energetic until it reaches a climax. There is also a nice piano sound here and there, while the guitars turn emotional as well.

The song itself deserves at least three stars, but if you know the way I rate singles, then you know I hardly give more than two stars for an album that does not reach 20 minutes. So for a song, I just give two stars.

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 The Elysian Fields by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
2.62 | 4 ratings

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The Elysian Fields
Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Andy Webb
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3 stars Pastures of atmospheric calm

Elysium Fields is the newest single by the young Maryland-based post rock band Until Sunrise. Comprised of a pleasant and slow crescendo through the entire track, it has a nice feeling and a nice atmosphere. I've stated numerous times I'm no fan of post rock; the music, in my opinion, is usually a boring waste of sonic energy, comprised of relatively repetitive ostinatos with tremolo guitar picking as an excuse for "ambient guitar." However, this song is a slightly pleasant surprise. Although this has a similar formula as most post rock, there are little things added in to the song, such a nice piano theme in the middle and a nice crescendo into a dramatic and releasing burst of energy. Overall, while still a typical post rock track that I'm not all that fond of, this single is a good output (and has great production, which is not seen on their debut) by this young band. 3 stars.

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 Live at WDIY 88.1 by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Live, 2011
3.14 | 6 ratings

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Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Andy Webb
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3 stars Not really a live album, but still a strong release.

Until Sunrise is a new post-rock outfit from Maryland that released an independent studio album last year to mixed reviews (I think I made the "mix"). Seeing as it was independent, the recording quality and mixing was, to say the least, really bad. Now the music itself was great, with some nice creative passages, and more interesting songs, but also meandered into the abyss of post-rock monotony at some points. But away from their last album, this short little "live" EP (it's really a live in the studio album) has much more professional mixing, which brings out the richness to their music that I missed on their studio release, even the "remastered" version. Of course the album still can lose you in the trackless sees of post-rock, but the songs, with better production and a crisper sound, make this release a nice little EP.

Sunset was one of those overly-traditional post-rock songs from their last album, and sadly, the production, as guitarist Joe Dorsey says, is a little "hairy" due to the engineer having some problems. But, it is still better! From this version, I can actually hear with clarity some of the atmospheric qualities that the band had put into the song. The music now seems a little less like fuzz and a little more like tangible music. Overall, the music is still a little weak, but the production is better, so so is my enjoyment!

Watching the Clock is exciting because not only is it a new track, but it shows promising signs for new, better material for future releases. The track drops a lot of the outlandish bombastic backings to the guitar melodies when they aren't welcome and welcomes in a really nice soft drumming that fits perfectly as the guitars crescendo and distort, giving the monotonous post-rock a really nice twist of interest. Again, the track shows a lot of promise for a future release, especially if the compositions stay similar to this.

Nostalgic Moment is nice, especially with the highly increased production value. The audio seems crisp and professional, and so does the music that is playing! (Always a good thing). As I said in my review of the studio album "The melodic work with the piano is creative and enjoyable," especially in contrast to the guitars and drums (which in my opinion still seem a little too much, but seem to have gotten a lot better).

Now just so my OCD doesn't go crazy, I'll "review" (stadtion ID) and (reaction) together: station ID is just saying what the radio station is, and (reaction) is just what the people in the studio said after the band stopped playing, which was essentially just small talk, and the musicians complaining about how bad their instruments were. It seems really out place though, because I don' think anyone should really hear what the musicians thought of their performance, because it alienates the music.

As the City Quietly Sleeps is the mammoth of of their studio track. 23 minutes off the album, it was huge for a post-rock song, and was better than most sleeping pills. However, on this release, the band shortens it to17 minutes, and the production allows what is being played to actually be heard! Yay! A lot of the intro I didn't even know existed because it was so quiet on the studio album. The track is highly enjoyable to listen to all the way through the 17 minute length, much unlike the studio record. Soloing and instrumentation seem to have tripled in skill and ease of playing, and because of this the whole song sounds so much better. I don't know if it was even on the studio record, but the violin is a great touch. Overall, this song is one of my favorites on this album, when it was my least favorite on the studio.

ALBUM OVERALL: This radio appearance really isn't a live album. The songs are at a much higher production quality than the studio album, and from this much more of the physical music can actually be heard. The one new track is fantastic, and shows promise for the band, but sadly some of the tracks replayed from the studio album still have that twinge of monotony and traditionalistic post-rock that makes the tracks still a little boring. Sadly from this I couldn't really rate it what it could have been. It is a very high 3 star album, but not quite a 4 star. The band is getting there though! 3+ stars.

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 Until Sunrise by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by nicg908

4 stars First off, i am a musician so i will judge as such. This album is very interesting in the way that it is a concept album yet instrumental. very neat trait! Here is my Song by song breakdown of Until Sunrise's Self-Titled debut release. . .

sunset- a nice long build up to introduce the album. the delay guitar is used very nicely. the build up may be a little long for my liking loking at how quickly it fades out but overall good opening statement 5/5

pink- very nice intro witht he etheareal effects in the guitars. Watch out fr the drum fills i.e. hitting rims and other extraneous attacks Another comment for drummer make sure there is a dfference in your ghost note volume and your actual attacks. the big hit it great guys nice work. For future reference lets be more committed to the metronome there are some laxidasical moments, guitar solo is great! the hi-hats seem a little offesive to me either turn it down or the drummer should now ht so close to the bell of the cymbal on open hits (can you tell im a drummer? =]) once again be commited to the timing in your fills second big hit at about 7:18 is great guys great groove! XD. Drummer, dont get aheaad of yourself on these fills dude remember that sometimes less is more-especially with post rock. overall pretty sick song guys i can see why it has been played on som eprog radio stations this one gets 4/5

midnight- very nice drummer! way to redeem yourself!my only request is that you incorperate more dtynamic control very cool intro here. the main theme is very nice! one thing i will say about the guitar work is be carful on what you layer its not quite busy but almost. AHHHH hi hats are so over bearing at 2:15! at 2:50 the hit is aweomse loving the drum groove here but as you go dont go nuts sir dorsey i would suggest more quick attacking cymbals so it doens ring over too much 3:59 blew my mind a little very cool. Overall this song gets a 5/5 ffrom me

Insomnia- Ok guy something a littel different i like it! i like sam's china =] there are some timing issues going on here. i suggest for the record you guys dont settle on these drum tracks. it seems that you just went with the first or second take and the tracks suffer from that. Loving 2:30. Bass player. . . nice! This track as a whole illustrates insomnia flawlessly. 4:00 goes back to the more traditional until sunrise sound with the "maybe ill try to go to sleep theme" but we continure to get get more and mre restless as the track comes to a close. this is by far my favorite track! 5/5

As the City Quietly sleeps- the epic of the album aat an outstanding 23 minutes. very calm intro which contrats greatly with the preceding track. drums, watch that met! wow guys nice nice. Dnt abuse the ride cymbal haha. the tapping section is very cool however some simplifying may be in order in the ride bell groove a tip there think about the half note rather then the quarter note. nice nice bass solo here! the reprie of the main theme has a new found energy that i love. as the frst part comes to an end we have a very eerie section but i like it a lot. this section reminds me of some early rush! good work! this slow section is awesome, but i can see where the average listener could get a little bored of it. I, however i am a fan.i love the violin solo beautiful! great tune guys! 4/5

Maudlin Institute- A nice change of pace with acoustic guitar. love the bells and other calm yet powerful nuances used here beautiful song 5/5

Sunrise- The epitomy of quiet intensity. then the big hit is fantastic! awesome awesome awesome guys. this song depicts the progress of the concept with perfection! 5/5

First signs of summer- you guys really know how to take a constant "sound" and make it unique while its all the same. Thats a great quality and it show with this track! 5/5

Nostalgic Moment- Here we are with the closer. Neat bass intro dude and great tone, guitars. Drums stick with that tempo! Vey pretty piano playing! Wow! Nice build up with that piano riff!great bass tone throughout very nice guys!

Overall i give this album a 4/5. general comments: great sound, great tones, work on simplifying the percussion orchestration and be more careful when tracking! However keep up thet great work and look forward to the second album not to mention Joe's other band Ocean Architecture! Rock on!

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 Until Sunrise by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.50 | 14 ratings

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Until Sunrise
Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Both the band name and the album title gives the game away.

Long thematic somber pieces of music, bordering to funeral dirges. This is normally Sigur Ros's domain. But this scene has been crowded lately. Until Sunrise, some shoe gazing young men from USA, has also converged on this scene with this album.

This is a remastered version of their original version. The re-mastering here is not a success, I have to say. The sound is still a bit soggy. The music is long thematic songs with little variations. Sigur Ros has proved that there is a large market out there among the youths of today (yes, I am an middle aged man) and I am sure this band will find a willing audience with their music.

In all fairness, this album is a good album. It floats on the strength on the melodies and the changing moods. Which change from somber to rather brutal, contrast filled moods. The instruments is both acoustic and harsh electric guitars + tangents. There is no vocals here whatsoever. The bass is also very much present in the soundscape. A sound I would call reflective.

My main gripe is the lack of some really great melodies and the lack of variations. Besides of that, this album is good but not everyone's cup of tea. It is good music for silent frostbitten winter evenings......... until sunrise.

3 stars

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 Until Sunrise by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Andy Webb
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2 stars It was a nice try.

The wave of post-rock music had been recently getting a little ridiculous. Bands like Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Do Say Make Think are good, and so is Until Sunrise, but albums such as these really take a good hour to waste and the willingness to subject yourself to an hour of sub-par grade ambient rock music. True, some songs on the album can be seen as enjoyable, but most ramble on into the obscurity from effected guitars and overly complex drums.

Sunset, the opening track, can be seen as one of the best on the album. It takes quite a while for the album to open, but when it does the song soars above the simple ambient rock that the majority of the album encompasses.

Pink is another good track, but, despite the fact that I love long songs, the 10 minute length of this song is tedious. The musicianship could be cleaned up also, but musically the track is just about par. Recommendations for this track: simplify, simplify, simplify: complex fast solos and overly difficult drumlines don't work when they can't be played properly.

Midnight is a little weaker, although it is much shorter and your attention won't wander into oblivion over the 4 minutes. The song gets interesting at some points, although the drumlines again could be simplified.

Insomnia is an odd change of pace for the album which is welcome in the monotony of overly extended notes and ambiance. It has a distinct funky quality, although the mastering is a little sub par, but that can be ignored, seeing as it is a home recording. Although, transitions between feels are very choppy and harsh. And again, the drumlines are way too bombastic for the music.

As the City Quietly Sleeps is good, but had more downsides than upsides. The length is extreme but acceptable, especially for this kind of music. The transition into the heavier more interesting sections doesn't take an obnoxious amount of time and the more bombastic sections aren't too difficult to listen to, although they are very odd mixed in with this type of music. Soloing in this song is more acceptable and the musicianship had improved.

A Maudlin Interlude is a very much needed break from the post-rock hosh posh with a much better mastered acoustic piece that is a nice happy variety to the music.

Sunrise is a much darker and disturbing song. In my opinion, it is one of the better songs on the album, where the overly bombastic drumlines are somewhat nice behind the soaring guitars.

First Sign of Summer is similar to the Interlude, a nice well mastered somewhat acoustic song with distinguishable melody and harmony that adds a nice touch to the album.

Nostalgic Moment is a very nice ending to a very sub-par album. The piano is a nice addition to the mainly ambient guitar album. The melodic work with the piano is creative and enjoyable amongst bombastic drums and still ambient guitar.

ALBUM OVERALL: A very sub-par album. I was under the impression that I had received the "remastered" edition of each song... and if this is true, I would never want to hear the original, because these songs are horrible mastered. A recommendation for the release: get someone who remotely knows what they are doing to record you, get simpler more workable drumlines (you don't need to constantly show off) and make more interesting tracks that are different from each other, such as the interludes and Insomnia. I feel bad giving such a bad review to a new band, but there is way too much room for improvement. I'm hoping for a better album in a year or two. 2- stars.

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 Until Sunrise by UNTIL SUNRISE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Until Sunrise Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Until Sunrise' - Until Sunrise (6/10)

As a popular and increasingly crowded form of progressive music, the realm of post-rock has expanded far beyond it's underground roots, now flowing into parts of the indie mainstream. Bands like Sigur Rós, Explosions In The Sky, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have all captured the hearts of listeners who otherwise wouldn't have much to do with the prog rock scene. For it's concentration on feeling and atmosphere over everything else, there have been legions of bands that have come to try their hand at fashioning some post-rock of their own; some going on to do beautiful things, but many falling into a passive state of mediocrity. Hailing from Maryland, young rockers Until Sunrise show a measure of promise beyond many of their peers, and although this charming debut album has a fair deal of flaws to it's name, there's the undeniable feeling that with a little extra polish, this talented act could do amazing things.

Throughout the course of this self-titled release, Until Sunrise cycles through sounding like alot of the giants that made the genre so popular to begin with. While the sound here isn't incredibly unique however, Until Sunrise impresses with some very keen performing skills. Keeping in mind that at the time of recording this, the ages of the musicians ranges from 18 to as low as 13 years, the fact that such young artists can put a cohesive piece of work together is a feat all it's own. Each musician here is very inspired at playing his respective instrument. On a particularly impressive note is the skilled percussive work of Sam Dorsey, who for such a young musician, earns alot more emphasis and attention for his work than many other established drummers in post-rock. The guitar and bass work here is a bit more conventional for the genre, but very well done. Soaring guitar atmospherics of Joe Dorsey tear through the sound, being held down tightly by the catchy bass playing of Tanner Beard.

The songwriting here ranges from decent to excellent. The Sigur Rós-style ambiance of 'Sunset' is a beautiful opener to the album, and leads in well to 'Pink,' which despite being ten minutes long, is the most catchy track here and most accessible, thanks in no small part to the sensible bass work. 'Midnight' is a pretty typical post-rock track, but packs some nice guitar beauty into the four minutes. Next is by far the most energetic and peppy track; 'Insomnia.' Here, the pumped up speed doesn't work quite as well as the reflective pace of the other tracks, and while being an interesting dose of caffeine in the album, there are a few issues with the playing here that detracts from the composition itself.

Anyone who has looked at the track listing and song lengths will instantly have their attention caught by the existence of a twenty three minute long epic thrown into the middle of the album. While the prospect of such a long (and hopefully involving) piece is obviously exciting, the reality is that 'As The City Quietly Sleeps...' did seem to do what the title suggests; it lulled with into a drowsy state. While the epic has a few very powerful sections (particularly the grandiose finale), the track doesn't really feel like a cohesive piece, and may have been better off dividing into smaller songs, or doing without the less important sections of the track. 'As The City' does leave off on a good note however; the last few minutes are greeted by the introduction of some very nice violin flourishes which add to the epic feel that seemed to be lacking throughout a fair deal of the track.

Following an epic is generally a very difficult task for a song to accomplish. Ironically, the short interlude that follows doesn't only merit more love from me than the epic it trails, it is without a doubt, my most loved piece on the album. Wearing the influence of avant-garde metal legends maudlin of the Well on their sleeve, Until Sunrise fashions an acoustic interlude that truly would not sound out of place as an interlude on one of Maudlin's albums. With an organic production quality that seems to evade the rest of the album, it seems clear that if Until Sunrise continues to delve out pieces of quality like 'A Maudlin Interlude,' they will eventually have a masterpiece on their hands.

The next two tracks seem to follow the acoustically-tinged sound that was introduced by the interlude. While not as impressive, they incorporate the acoustic sound very well into the mix, leading towards the final piece on the album, 'Nostalgic Moment.' With some beautifully piano work and plenty of Devin Townsend-like ambiance, the track does well to finish the album.

While the album is generally enjoyable throughout, the biggest issue that 'Until Sunrise' faces is the production itself. Not that the quality of recording decides whether a piece of music is 'great' or not, but the production values here are very inconsistent throughout the album, which can lead to some confusion. While the first track works perfectly in both the way it is performed and recorded, some of the tracks that follow have a muddied production sound, which makes the heavier, distorted sections of the album incredibly noisy to the point of being throwaway. What makes this production issue confusing is that some sections of the album sound much more professional than others. For example, while sections of 'Insomnia' do retain quite a bit of the amateur execution, 'Sunset', 'Sunrise' and especially 'A Maudlin Interlude' sound perfect for what they are. But as it is, each song seems to have different production values under it's belt, which sounds to me like the album may need a good case of remastering.

As it stands however, Until Sunrise has crafted an impressive indie recording with their debut. While post-rock does seem to be an increasingly tired style of music, this band definitely deserves recognition for their work, and despite not having found a unique voice for themselves yet, each member of the band proves through their skill that they have what it takes to make a real mark on the scene.

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