Wednesday, December 26, 2012

STN Albums Of The Year 5

5 Tall Ships - Everything Touching
The Falmouth trio's math-anthem combination is highly difficult to get right. Essentially the album is in two parts, one the pure rush of a well tooled machine built on looped percussion, awkward repetitive riffs and the odd skyscraping synth combined with emotively tender lyrics and big choral breakdowns, big anthems with barely a proper chorus. The other half is ambitious and widescreen but not straightforward with more than enough little touches and inventive ideas about build and release, throwing in ambient drift, post-rock panoramas and concepts of love as science. Taking dynamic shifts and ideas long pored over and turning them inside out they seem entirely fresh and compelling.

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