And The Furies Say
And The Furies Say


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
June 17th, 2007 | 27 replies | 4,697 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unlike Godspeed You Black Emperor!, And the Furies Say isn't really boring!

Post rock is the relative parallel to the early hardcore scene. Constantly hyped bands that suffer little improvement on a tired equation are mostly what make up post-rock's current saturation of unamusing talent. Sure, an album like say Burton Wagner's "A Sentinel's Eyes" can come along and change my perspective on this staleness, but not every artist can have the relative emotion that comes with being 21-years-old and unsatisfied with a spectrum of life. Most post-rock bands phase their dynamics and emotion through a pretty limited prism of build ups and field recordings, a cenotaph to the seemingly dissolved Montreal post rock super giant Godspeed You Black Emperor! if you will. And the Furies Say is a pretty similarly structured group when compared to GYBE of eight plus members that flirt with post-rock tendencies. Perhaps what makes them unique is that their dedications seem more devoted towards the early '90s "chamber rock" of Louisville's Rachel's. The band also expresses a love for Stravinsky and Penderecki on their Myspace, but those influences seem to come through little on their self-titled release. Perhaps which "composers" they seem to take most from are those of the minimalist movement, like Glass, Reich, or even Palestine.

With a group of instruments that range from melodica to French horn, to call And The Furies Say's sound "lush" is an understatement. Like most orchestral compositions, their sound breathes in realms of extensive interplay. "Engines of the End" perhaps signifies this "chamber" aspect the most. Running through is a repetitious, but hauntingly tragic, piano line as the band skillfully and subtly accents with a realm of brass and cello. Reflecting the bands post-rock ambitions is the tragically minimal composition "Iphigenea," which dredges through a casually depressing guitar line that is slowly built upon with a intensely dense drumming section and echoed full band performance. While it does seem like it could possibly be a unreleased GYBE demo for the first five minutes, the waltz heavy section that concludes the piece is something way too complex and dizzying for those Canadian anarchists. When the unraveling piano lines trigger into the staccato string section to conclude the song, the band's sixth sense of post-rock dynamic triggers an instant emotional response. Although the way they got there is not the same as most bands, the way they play those final moments of crescendo rival any post-rock band's best try. A naysayer could focus on the constant low mood of And The Furies Say's sound or perhaps that their sense of "all things epic" is what is currently wrong with the music scene, but when the band pulls out all their cards on the closer "Silhouettes and Paperbucks," I doubt few can deny the power this group can wield.

Because of their obvious devotion toward a group that predates them by over a decade, I can't in good faith give And The Furies Say's self-titled release a perfect score. Too many of the elements on this record are borrowed and not in vein with the level of evolution I associate with my favorite bands. Still, I can not deny the high level of composition found on this record. While most bands like say Yndi Halda or This Will Destroy You are clearly following a path that is well tread, And The Furies Say are cultured enough to rip from a band that seems to have been lost in the shuffle of post-rock's history. With their self-titled album, they aren't reaching into the genre and doing anything different, but they are doing something that is rarely seen. For that, this album and band interest me. Perhaps, in future recordings, they will prove themselves a more consistent collective than Rachel's, or maybe they will fall into the endless traps of repetition that capture many post-rock bands. For now though, they are seemingly one of the more interesting new post-rock groups, and I'd suggest anyone with a interest in the genre give them a glance because they are a very solid Rachel's "tribute".



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pixiesfanyo
June 17th 2007



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think the entire album is streamed on their myspace. So, if you feel like checking it out just go to http://www.myspace.com/andthefuriessay

lunchforthesky
June 17th 2007



1039 Comments


I find GYBE really interesting.

Confessed2005
June 17th 2007



3314 Comments


^^^ Amen to that.

This sounds quite interesting though, I might check out the full album stream.

lunchforthesky
June 17th 2007



1039 Comments


Yeah i will download later today.

Spectrum
June 17th 2007



347 Comments


As an obsessive Post-Rock fan, I feel that I MUST have this. Thanks for bringing my attention to these guys. Good review.

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007



662 Comments


I'm going to have to check this out. Good to see I'm not the only one who thought GYBE is boring.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 18th 2007



2125 Comments


MySpace songs are good.

pattywagon
June 18th 2007



1 Comments


Yaaay, I'm from their home town.
I saw them live a couple of months ago...and wow.

Iai
Emeritus
June 18th 2007



3553 Comments


I'll hop on the 'GBYE send me to sleep' bandwagon. Never understood what people see in them.

Your feelings on post-rock are pretty similar to mine, so I'd probably enjoy this.

MeowMeow
June 18th 2007



662 Comments


Yeah this is a 4 for sure.

jameskukucka
June 18th 2007



308 Comments


GYBE > these guys

BUT this is a very solid release and I agree with the 4This Message Edited On 06.18.07

pixiesfanyo
June 19th 2007



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=jameskukucka]
GYBE > these guys

BUT this is a very solid release and I agree with the 4
[/quote]

yeah, you're right.

oh wait. you're digging Marilyn Manson and you like Opeth.

jameskukucka
June 19th 2007



308 Comments


^^^^

And that means i dont have a right to enjoy post-rock.....

Sputnikmusic elitism for the lose!

spillane
June 19th 2007



85 Comments


yeah you really dont have the right to enjoy post rock sorry

jameskukucka
June 19th 2007



308 Comments


^^
hilarious
anyway im not even gonna bother arguing i dont even know you people and i can honestly say i dont give a shitThis Message Edited On 06.19.07This Message Edited On 06.19.07

pixiesfanyo
June 19th 2007



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The GYBE comment is meant to be light heated. They've created a sound that everyone now copies and their later work was mind numbing. I don't hate GYBE and only saying GYBE IS GREAT is annoying when I wrote a review about a whole entirely different band.

jameskukucka
June 19th 2007



308 Comments


Dude it was a great review and it made me look into the record which i enjoyed. I apologize if I annoyed you in anyway but I didn't think what I said was diverting from the band you reviewed cause i did acknowledge that it was a solid release. However you did compare them a lot to GYBE and I wanted to state my opinion on the matter, after all this is a music discussion forum.

keithfuries
June 19th 2007



2 Comments


thanks for the interest everyone. We will be in Long beach on July 24th at Open with Chris Schlarb and in LA on the 25th at the Silverlake lodge with the Half Mantis group and CJ Boyd

Iai
Emeritus
June 19th 2007



3553 Comments


I like it when bands post on Sputnik.

What are YOUR feelings on the Godspeed debate, Keith?

jameskukucka
June 19th 2007



308 Comments


lolz



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