Spires That In The Sunset Rise
This Is Fire


4.5
superb

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
March 24th, 2013 | 22 replies | 973 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Give them pleasure- the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a Nightmare.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Alfred Hitchcock once said, Give them pleasure- the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. The Master of suspense certainly had a good way of translating this to film. Psycho was the epitome of that. If Mr. Hitchcock were still with us today, he would approve of This is Fire. The essence of this album is the same as those very words from Mr. Hitchcock. In a way, it seems that Spires That in the Sunset Rise have their own strange genetic sound. Psychedelic Horror Folk would be the over-all best way to describe it. In complete truth the horror element is what makes this sound so utterly amazing.

This is Fire has a very haunting sound to it, almost as if it was created to be a soundtrack to a horror film. First impressions come within the opening track, Spike Fiddle Song in hearing a slow strumming of guitar in a very low tone, followed by the sound of a metal base drum and chimes in the background. Vocalist Kathleen Baird then enters with her low haunting voice. With a simple, yet effective snare drum, it leads into the chorus. Glorious; Make your mouth dream up; Stories of; Vagrant vines leading up; To Glorious; Make my blood rise up. This tone gives a listener the good idea that it will be a dark and strange journey while listening to this album. It only gets better from the beginning.

All of the tracks on here have merit in the style this album produces. Both Instrumentally and lyrically This is fire satisfies. Spires certainly also have a knack for incorporating the theatrical. Clouds and Morning Song showcase their love for haunting violin and fiddle chords, as both of the songs open up with them. [i]Clouds take a very slow route for most of the song, using the dark atmosphere produced by creepy background sounds to keep the listener intrigued. It almost reminded me of watching a Dracula film. Morning song take a different route. Kathleen displays beautiful vocal skills at the beginning of this song, in the same fashion as a opera singer would. The song leads into a full-on folk segment, utilizing a very middle-ages sound. It transitions into a very somber section of violins, which then leads into what feels like another song all together, almost a middle eastern influenced sound . Morning song is roughly seven minutes long, and the transitions can seem a little shaky, and at the same time you do not seem to feel as if the track has changed, but you still feel like it is not the same song. It is a very strange feeling, but an amazing one.

Cloudlike shows even more development of this strange sound. Spires utilizes the Xylophone for this song, which works with the slow strumming and fiddle/violin combinations. It seems almost like listening to Godspeed! You! Black Emperor's F#A# (Infinity) with vocals during many parts of this song. Sea Shanty Is a nice change of pace mid-album, as it beginning with a very deep drumming leaning more towards a folk start. This track has a lot of different sounds going on at once, and at some points, it can be a little much to try and take in. From the low toned instrumentals to a screeching effect at some points, it makes this song feel like pure genius, and at the same time a little much. Let the crows fly Start with a slow fiddle strumming, a pause for a gong within the background, while Kathleen softly sings, and this song also contains some of here best moments. The guitar chords add another layer of texture and so do the drums, which blends perfectly with kathleen.

Beehive Opens with a combination of cymbals and guitar strumming that sounds like, well bees. A very consistent and steady strumming continues throughout the beginning, along with the utilization of xylophones in the background, a very mid-range to slow pace transitions throughout this song. 7 minutes of this pace seems to work. Never thinking the lyrics Bee, ah, oh, o would work, Kathleen proves that wrong by utilizing the tone and pitch of her voice to make it work. It gives a very spine-chilling element to the already creepy track. The final track Desert mind opens up with an organ-like synthesizer, and a very slow pace throughout the track. In a way, it is the most light of the tracks, and has the most guitar utilization of any of the tracks. Not hearing very many electric guitar influenced parts throughout This is fire, there seems to be relative influence in this song, especially throughout the early parts of the song. The album closes with a fiddle strumming and the same organ influenced sound playing into silence.

The vast number of sounds and styles portrayed in this album are phenomenal. It really felt that there should be a movie made for just this album to use as a score. While at some sections This is fire could feel like it was too much to take in, that utilization of many sounds, effects and style makes this album as fantastic as it is. For a first time listen of this artist by recommendation, it was an utter surprise as to how different yet diverse this is. If you ever want a Nightmare to gain pleasure from, well here is that pleasure.

Recommended tracks

Spike Fiddle Song
Morning Song
Let the Crows Fly
Desert Mind



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CaptainHadouken
March 24th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was quite an interesting listen.

foxblood
March 24th 2013



6797 Comments


hey it's that album yank likes

CaptainHadouken
March 24th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yup. Listened to it all, figured i write a reivew since it didnt have one. Was quite good actually.

GiaNXGX
March 24th 2013



4867 Comments


Why listen to spires when you can enjoy natural snow building's folk cassetes???

Cygnatti
March 24th 2013



21349 Comments


pretty sure yank yanked this from baseline who whored this album out for a few days or hours

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CaptainHadouken
March 24th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Meh i liked it.

Riviere
March 25th 2013



653 Comments


"Why listen to spires when you can enjoy natural snow building's folk cassetes???"

Because this is better duh.

CaptainHadouken
March 25th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well that and i have yet to hear those cassettes. I can enjoy both i suppose.

WashboardSuds
March 26th 2013



4981 Comments


woah sweet, you reviewed it. nice album. natural snow buildings rules too

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YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh shit you reviewed this fuckin A man!!!

Digging: Croatian Amor - Genitalia Garden

WashboardSuds
March 26th 2013



4981 Comments


just heard about this band like a week ago, didn't seem like many people on sputnik heard of em and then BOOM its got a review. cool beans

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"pretty sure yank yanked this from baseline who whored this album out for a few days or hours"

nah i didnt actually i got this from rym i think. base also prob got it from there and i saw she 5d this after i heard it. not surprised us 2 transcendent individuals crossed paths however.

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know potsy would love this. i recd it to him a while back but you know how busy ol pots is with his bleeps n bloops

WashboardSuds
March 26th 2013



4981 Comments


dewd I rec'd it to him too, I thought the same thing. lol

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

washboard if you like this check out my weird folk list i made a couple days ago. has alot of similar kinda stuff on it.

WashboardSuds
March 26th 2013



4981 Comments


sweet, I'll be bookmarking your weird folk list then

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it was featured for about 2 hours so you know its of the most highest caliber quality

GiaNXGX
March 26th 2013



4867 Comments


just read the review tho nice hitchcock reference

Cygnatti
March 26th 2013



21349 Comments


whoa a 5, yankee?

!!!

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013



9304 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea man its so avant my third eye split and now i have four



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