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Red Sparowes


Post Rock/Math rock

3.81 | 55 ratings

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4 stars Here is a post-rock album demonstrating an ear for melody, breathtaking, flowing passages, exceptional technical ability, and a shrewd use of repetition.

"Truth's Arise" Undemanding guitar picks out a cinematic, Western sound that could also be compared to Pink Floyd. The piece rises gradually, creating a grand prelude.

"The Illusions of Order" The band layers over a repetitive riff that would please most Porcupine Tree fans. It maintains that stagnant groove, working over it beautifully, before entering a new and more peaceful phase.

"A Hail of Bombs" I love the tones of these guitars, which dance gracefully around one another in a pleasant display. The second half is a heavier contrast, but it maintains a sense of fluidity and refinement.

"Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors" Delicate melodies and harmonies flow from multiple electric guitars so sweetly that it is difficult not to feel at peace at first, and then uplifted as the band takes on the music at full force. Breaking away from their established sound for a bit, the band adopts a slightly different tone during the middle.

"A Swarm" With yet another placid beginning, laced with a steel guitar tone and occasionally gritty rhythm, the listener is treated to more relaxing music before the entire band enters in a cacophonous manner. I must admit I'm not fond of the middle section here, as it's grating and mars an otherwise lovely work.

"In Every Mind" Blending country and grunge sensibilities, this terse piece builds into a heavy, repetitiveness.

"A Mutiny" A fine display of musical craftsmanship, using subtle dynamics, effective guitar effects, the penultimate piece creates a wide variety of emotional textures in under six minutes.

"As Each End Looms and Subsides" This final work is incredibly repetitive, this time to a fault. Even when it becomes something different, it turns into a sputtering, unpleasant mess. The passage afterward quickly morphs into a wailing, almost painful wave of distortion. The final piece is the only major blemish on an otherwise remarkable post-rock endeavor.

Epignosis | 4/5 |


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