The Ascent of Everest
From This Vantage


4.5
superb

Review

by Scott Reid USER (19 Reviews)
June 4th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breaking the post-rock mould.

Well – nobody expected this. If their split LP was anything to go by, we were given every reason to think that the new ‘Everest album would simply be another addition to their catalogue of quintessentially titanic post-rock crescendo-fests. Even the band name sounds like a mission statement, a commitment to scale the most mountainous of musical parabolas. Clearly, their forte was taking this classic template and re-invigorating it; anything other than this they simply did not indulge in. Surely, this was a post-rock band very much content to stay a post-rock band, thank you very much. Or so we thought. ‘From This Vantage’ is a decided departure from this style, although a lot of the time, it doesn’t exactly feel like it; unexpected and substantial as the change is, it’s still very much an ‘Everest album. When the word ‘progression’ in post-rock isn’t referring to a crescendo, then we have something to get excited about.

A lot of this continuity has to do with the albums core sound, which is very recognisable as being of the band. Gratuitous, varied and highly inventive use of strings? Check. Immaculate pacing and attention to detail within the assorted song construction? Check. Angelic, wispy, half-heard shoegaze-esque vocals? One big, seriously impressed check please. If you’ve listened to their debut, it’s very familiar scenery – but what they’ve done with the landscape is strikingly different. While there is something of a development in the tracks themselves, it can’t exactly be called post-rock. There are parabolas, but they do not tower as they once did. These song structures mean that this is an album where their influences are taken less from the genre where they have already proven themselves, but more from a fusion of ambience and of more conventional indie.

The formula works. This album pulls off something fairly unique, a hybrid of several influences that retains the energy, focus and pizzazz of their post-rock tendencies, whilst borrowing heavily from the many variations, intricacies and general musical come-and-go within the song (tracks being typically around half the length of their previous work) are influences felt perhaps from their futurerecording label mates, such as the band they shared a split LP with, we all inherit the moon; an ambience outfit. The elements of post-rock, of shoegaze and of more conventional indie have been brought together by a band with talent that evidently extends far beyond the realm of the crescendo. Neither typical nor expected, it is much to their credit that they have brought about change and innovation to create an album with unique (!) style, with resounding success. It’s one of those albums that goes about creating its own atmosphere whilst sucking you into its own ethereal world; a wholly absorbing and captivating experience, with several truly standout moments. The just-above-whisper, “You cannot dream your way out of here”, in ‘Dark, Dark my Light’; the breathtaking transition from the slowly merging ambience of the opener into the brilliantly asserted aerobatics of ‘Return to Us’; and the completely awe-inspiring fashion in which the album ends, taking leave of the listener by rushing and swirling its way out through the eardrums and heavenward. The mould has been broken; the result works magnificently.

Today I woke up early; I caught the sun in mid-rise. It was to ‘From this Vantage’ that I was compelled to listen. This album… it’s a bit special.



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scotish
June 4th 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if I spellcheck this any more I might cry, please help me out and report any errors you spot as I've been writing this since like 4.30 am. had been sitting on a review of this for ages but decided to re-write it at the last minute cos the album is so damn goooood

YouAreMySilence
June 4th 2010


3727 Comments


I need this.

lobby
June 4th 2010


1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sounds like it should be really good. how refreshing will it be to get some really good post-rock at last

Skimaskcheck
June 4th 2010


2360 Comments


I need this.


robin
Emeritus
June 4th 2010


4249 Comments


oh man i didnt know this was out, must get.

alachlahol
June 4th 2010


7501 Comments


i also was unaware of this. band has violin so obviously they can do no wrong

their split with We All Inherit The Moon can be downloaded for free here.

scotish
June 4th 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

both this and the split LP are completely pro, yeah.
and yes you all need to hear this right now :p

BallsToTheWall
June 4th 2010


44611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review/cool band name/cool art/shoegazey post rock. Sold.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Powerban
June 6th 2010


2380 Comments


This is actually a letdown. It's so repetitive.

scotish
June 6th 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

can sort of see where the repetitive thing comes from, but while it can have quite a similair overall feel, the sound itself is pretty dynamic within the album I find.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2010


17920 Comments


first album sucked so

BallsToTheWall
June 6th 2010


44611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like how you go to their myspace and put your clicker on the persons face it goes and shows you what they do. Fuckin rad.

robin
Emeritus
June 7th 2010


4249 Comments


idk man, i really liked the first album for a loong time but this album is kinda a letdown. why couldnt they stay lame and "post-rock" forever?

FigNewtns
June 9th 2010


723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is shweet, wtf guise?

googolplex
June 10th 2010


8 Comments


WOW.

googolplex
June 10th 2010


8 Comments


Now all I need is new Yndi Halda.

scotish
June 21st 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this isn't really catching on then : (

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2010


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they shouldnt have started listening to albums other than lift yr skinny fists

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

scotish
July 28th 2010


835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

am i the only person in the world who loves this?

also hi sputnik, not been on in ages

FigNewtns
August 8th 2010


723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening to this now, it's been awhile.



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