Thursday, April 2, 2009
If These Trees Could Talk - Above The Earth, Below The Sky (2009) (AWESOME !!!)
Genre : Post-rock
If These Trees Could Talk - 01 - From Roots to Needles
If These Trees Could Talk - 02 - What’s in the Ground Belongs to You
If These Trees Could Talk - 03 - Terra Incognita
If These Trees Could Talk - 04 - Above the Earth
If These Trees Could Talk - 05 - Below the Sky
If These Trees Could Talk - 06 - The Sun is in the North
If These Trees Could Talk - 07 - Thirty-Six Silos
If These Trees Could Talk - 08 - The Flames of Herostratus
If These Trees Could Talk - 09 - Rebuilding the Temple of Artemis
If These Trees Could Talk - 10 - Deus Ex Machina
If These Trees Could Talk is an instrumental post-rock band from Akron, Ohio.
Ohio has long been known as a source of wonderful instrumental music: The Six Parts Seven, Silencio, and Mortimur, just to name a few, but people often overlook the fact that these bands develop independently of the rest of the country’s instrumental bands. Six Parts Seven is one of the landmark instrumental bands in the US and Silencio was/is so unique that it’s scary. If These Trees Could Talk happily joins the ranks amongst their buckeye brethren.
Although their debut EP follows the HydraHead and Neurot school of thought, it’s fair to say it’s not a direct result as much as they share common influences: Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and other progressively minded rock bands. If These Trees Could Talk is certainly a rock album, although the use of reverb and delay make the music very amicable to fans of “post-rock” music. The band’s potential is just as large as its appeal — with a solid foundation to build upon, If These Trees Could Talk was a variety of viable options for its next record.
Above The Earth, Below The Sky is one of 2009’s strongest releases and is an artistically crafted sight/sound to behold. It swoops and dives and hurts and soothes and will blow your fucking mind.
What’s In The Ground Belongs To You is like being caught at sea before an impending storm. It batters and bruises and then calms before becoming a tsunami of epic proportions. The riff relentlessly smashes at the vessel's broken remains before letting the percussion take it beneath its murky depths. Above The Earth is a gentle landscape which builds on an echoed guitar and faint snares before morphing into successive track Below The Sky. What was once a calming atmosphere becomes a gloomy, more immediate mood filled with tension and unease. Deep bass runs through the undercurrent and echoed, layered guitar serves as the surface. When the break comes (and you know it's coming) there’s nothing you can do but bask in the utter chaos that ensues. Having good speakers or headphones is a must.
Thirty-Six Silos goes supernova at the three minute mark and it’s honestly one of the greatest bits of noise this writer has heard in a fair few post-rocky years. It’s difficult to explain why the cacophony sounds so appealing, so please: just give it a listen yourself and we’re 99% sure you’ll agree.