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4 stars Laurentianīs Atoll is the follow up EP to the debut album from Shels which was released earlier in 2007 called Sea of the Dying Dhow. Personally I was very impressed with Sea of the Dying Dhow. It offered just enough accessibility for me to enjoy it more than most post rock/ metal albums.

The music on Laurentianīs Atoll is a continuation of the style which was dominant on the debut album. This means great dynamic playing which alternates between slow heavy parts and beautiful subtle acoustic parts. Most of the time the music is instrumental but there are both clean and angry ( semi-growling) vocals in the music.

Some of the songs seem a bit like unfinished sketches, but they are still enjoyable and way above standard for the genre. Most songs are excellent examples of the style Shels seem to have perfected already this early in their career. The music sometimes reminds me of Pelican, but I must admit that I enjoy Shels more. The album starts with a short intro and then Water starts. Itīs the most commercial song here and Iīm reminded of Emo which at first scared me a bit, but in small doses this seems to please me. The Emo influence doesnīt turn up again and the rest of the album is in Post rock/ metal style. The EP lasts for 37:31 minutes so you get a lot of value for your money. They could easily have released this as a full length album. As mentioned the songs are in similar style to the ones on Sea of the Dying Dhow and I almost suspect that the songs on Laurentianīs Atoll are high quality leftovers from the Sea of the Dying Dhow sessions.

The musicianship is great but itīs the production thatīs the real winner here. Clean and sharp yet warm.

This is a very enjoyable EP and Iīll recommend this to anyone into melodic mostly instrumental Post rock/ metal. For fans of Pelican this is a must buy. 4 stars is well deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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