Sailors With Wax Wings
Sailors With Wax Wings


4.0
excellent

Review

by hesperus USER (2 Reviews)
October 10th, 2010 | 14 replies | 9,002 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sweet dreams.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Even if you don’t particularly like the music that experimental rising star R. Loren creates, one point is hard to deny: He would make a *** good employer. He has a knack for bringing together exactly the right people to realize his vision. The second disc of Pyramids’ self-titled debut contained remixes from such prolific artists as James Plotkin (who also mastered the album), Jesu, Toby Driver, Ted Parsons, and Blut Aus Nord, with each artist contributing a unique interpretation of a Pyramids track. Then Pyramids teamed up with Canadian drone duo Nadja to create one of the most complete and intriguing collaborations in recent memory. Earlier this year, Pyramids released the limited edition cassette series WVNDRKMMER, wherein each of fifty-plus artists used four Pyramids tracks to create a completely unique composition, and while few of the artists could be considered well-known, they all certainly got the job done. And now this.

Sailors With Wax Wings boasts an impressive lineup including Ted Parsons (Swans/Godflesh/Jesu), Colin Marston (Krallice/Dysrhythmia), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Prurient, and James Blackshaw, among others. It’s easy to see just where the roles of these musicians fell. The album often sounds like equal parts Krallice, Jesu, and White Light-era Swans, with some Pink Floyd and Godspeed You! Black Emperor thrown in for good measure. It’s clear that R. Loren knew exactly what sound he wanted as well as how to achieve it, because this album delivers it in droves.

However, the lack of subtlety should not be mistaken for a weakness of the album, because here’s the thing: The sound that R. Loren and crew create is really good. The album need not hide the source of its sound, because the end result is just so *** enjoyable. Loren has a penchant for creating sounds that wash over the listeners, immersing them completely in the experience. Sailors With Wax Wings is no exception--in fact, it may solidify the rule. The album has an ethereal, dreamlike quality, and like a dream, while the different parts that make up the whole of the album may be easily discernible, it is much more difficult to imagine any one part separate from the whole. The ghostly vocals, the omnipresent tremolo of dueling guitars, the plodding drums, the echoing chords, the atmospheric cello...every part plays a significant role. Even the separate tracks must be seen as parts of a whole as opposed to complete entities in and of themselves.

Sailors With Wax Wings may appear to be a collection of the talents and ideas of various musicians, but those ideas weren’t just thrown into a blender. R. Loren meticulously crafted the album to ensure that no note was missing and no note was wasted. The album is a complete, cohesive experience, one that envelops the listener and rocks him to sleep with alien lullabies. Sailors With Wax Wings is a prime example of R. Loren doing what he does best: acquiring the means to realize an idea and using them to their full potential.


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BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds interesting.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

hesperus
October 10th 2010



185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I almost forgot, the album is streaming here:

http://soundcloud.com/you-texas-dark-star/sets/sailors-with-wax-wings-s-t

BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jonas Renske and Marissa Nadler, Simon Scott of Slowdive is involved as well? Seriously? FUCKING seriously? I am hallucinating.

Bitchfork
October 11th 2010



7584 Comments


probs gonna loveee this

kitsch
October 11th 2010



5107 Comments


oh my god all of the song titles are the first lines to different stephen crane poems... i havent been this pumped to listen to new music in a while.

literalsurrealist
October 11th 2010



136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That list of collaborators is excellent. I've got to listen to this now.

ZippaThaRippa
October 11th 2010



2416 Comments


Jonas Renske
I'm in

Bitchfork
October 11th 2010



7584 Comments


This is really fucking great.

BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apparently he has a second album coming out soon with members of Blood of the Black Owl,Weakling, and Dalek which im super fucking stoked for. Haven't been this excited about a collaboration since ever.

hesperus
October 11th 2010



185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

White Moth? The album comes out tomorrow and is already streaming through the same Soundcloud account as SWWW. It's even better.

BallsToTheWall
November 5th 2010



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Decided to up. This is some dreamy shit right here.

AlexTM510
February 27th 2011



1400 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is much much better than pyramids

Digging: Sadistik - Ultraviolet

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 30th 2011



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This rules.

acorncheese
March 30th 2011



7119 Comments


can i join the club




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