This Is a
Process of a Still Life:
In a cluttered world of post-rock musicians yearning for your attention, it can be difficult to pick out the ones worth listening to. Often times you can find yourself digging through 15-minute tracks that seem to wind their way into nothingness or gradually build until the tension is finally allowed a release. Some of the best orchestral examples are often described through the use of emotions. Often the goal is to grab the listener and connect with his emotional side, not just give him a track to enjoy as background party music. However, this connection must be made quickly; otherwise the album can often be too early classified as boring.
Light opens up the lines of communication with Horizon/line, an atmospheric track that enters with a deliberate softness. It immediately grabbed me with an almost hidden intrigue that teeters on the edges of despair and hope. I found myself wanting to know what would happen next, like a scene in a movie that only gives me enough clues to keep me hooked. The guitar lines are reminiscent of Maserati at their best; yet they shift attention to exploring the different variations of instrumentation, as opposed to heightening the tension.
With the longest track just over eight minutes and many around four or five minutes, the band knows when to keep things concise and not overdo it. The songs also hold onto a subtle melody that helps focus each track rather than allowing it to fade in and out of atmospheric noise. While there is nothing groundbreaking on this album, there is also nothing disturbing or obnoxiously repetitive. The music is variably soothing without the need to be forced into the background. The band has learned from the formulas that previous artists have worked through and doesnt get hung up on trying to be something that no one has heard before. Still, the music has enough originality, through its richly layered guitars and melody shifts, to make This Is a Process standout as one of the next great engaging and moody rock bands.
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