Stampede to Timberline
You Were my Coldest Season


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jasdevi087 USER (15 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 04/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time to spend some time with yourself and just think.

The thing with most ambient is that you usually just use it for background noise or something to relax to. For the latter purpose, to fully enjoy it you have to be in a certain mood, which you’re hardly ever in (at least that’s the case for me). Now let’s get something out in the open here; I have a pretty short attention span. Because of this, although I appreciate it, ambient isn’t something I can fully enjoy most of the time and I almost never listen to the same ambient album more than once.

That’s pretty much the reason I think that this particular album is special, it's one of the only ambient albums I've listened to again and again. With an attention span like mine, things need to be captivating to really hold my appreciation and interest. This does that, in a way almost like no other. This isn’t background noise, it’s something that you can feel yourself in. Granted, the world that this album places you in is a fairly lonely one. The vocals on this record are some of the most melancholy I’ve ever heard their delivery is sad and longing.

The soundscape each song paints are incredibly large, but still feel contained within your own mind. The album gives you a lot to think about, particularly the intriguing spoken word lectures (if you will) such as the one in Oh, God regarding Atheism. The music can at times be breath-taking. My personal favourite song on this album is “A Sandstone Heart”. The clean, delayed guitars melt into each other. Drifting and wandering but never getting lost, always staying exactly where they’re needed. To be able to write like that is a gift indeed. Halfway through the song the guitars fade into the background to allow you to mull over the interesting speech going on. “Junction” is an interesting piece because of the way the acoustic guitar plays in a different beat to the droning sound in the background, giving the album a fascinating new twist.

Musically, the album has exceptional balance. The vocals aren’t all over it, drowning it, they only appear when they are called for. Dynamically, the songs are mostly about the same. This however doesn’t water it down or drag it along at a snail pace, it actually works incredibly well for it because it makes the occasional appearances of vocals and the spoken word passages feel incredibly refreshing. From start to finish the album is modest. Nothing about it is pretentious, it’s all just straight from a person’s head. Actually that’s a pretty good way of describing the way the album sounds and feels; if you were to look inside the artists head to hear the songs, this is exactly what they would sound like. At no point on the album does it sound like something that he didn’t want it to be, it’s exactly how it should sound.

The instrumental songs are very good, well layered and calm. The quiet nature of “Ghosts in America” really gives an eerie feel, completely surrounding and entrapping you while (what seems to be) the sound of a clock ticks away in the background. “Junction” is an interesting piece because of the way the acoustic guitar plays in a different beat to the droning sound in the background, giving the album a fascinating new twist.

Overall I found that this album was very well written and shows off some real potential. Its sound is genius in its own right and adds its own unique flavour to the tried and tested ambient genre. I highly recommend this to people looking for something a bit different and for fans of ambient I can guarantee that you won’t just listen to this once. Melancholia is something everyone can relate too in one way or another so why not experience it in an enjoyable form?



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Jasdevi087
May 22nd 2014


415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not 100% confident about the way this one was written and I feel like I approached this review the wrong way but I can't help that. I hope it isn't too bad or the wrong sort of review.

Digging: Jinn - Lemmings

RogueNine
May 22nd 2014


1283 Comments


This is the project of North0House2, yes? Nice to give him some exposure.

Jasdevi087
May 22nd 2014


415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is.

CaptainDooRight
May 22nd 2014


29149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album

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TWIGtheWONDERKID
May 22nd 2014


799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good.

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North0House2
May 22nd 2014


5857 Comments


Awesome man, thanks so much for reviewing this. I'm glad you, and others, are enjoying it so much. Great review, too.

And for anyone who hasn't heard this yet, it's totally free and up for streaming at my bandcamp:
http://stampedetotimberline.bandcamp.com/

Digging: Zelienople - The World Is A House On Fire

Calc
May 22nd 2014


12198 Comments


"I feel like I approached this review the wrong way but I can't help that."

FYI you totally can help that, I might listen to this later I just can't when it's so sunny outside. Gotta wait for nighttime when it feels appropriate

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

North0House2
May 22nd 2014


5857 Comments


I hope you enjoy it Calc. I'm much prouder of this than my first album (which I honestly can't even stand anymore hahaha).

Calc
May 22nd 2014


12198 Comments


you're like foxy shazam or he is legend now lol

North0House2
May 22nd 2014


5857 Comments


Hahaha how so? Most everything on this album is folk or ambient/drone.

Calc
May 22nd 2014


12198 Comments


in that you hate your first album

North0House2
May 22nd 2014


5857 Comments


Ahhh gotcha. I was wondering, hahaha. But yeah, I honestly loath it, I'm far more proud of this one. I put a lot of time and effort into it.

bakkermaarten007
May 23rd 2014


3519 Comments


Honestly, if I knew this was a Sputnik user's album I would have ignored it. But I didn't, so now it's bookmarked and it will stay that away until I've listened.

(I ignore Sputnik user albums mostly because the greater part is overrated)

North0House2
May 23rd 2014


5857 Comments


Hahahaha, well either way, I hope you enjoy it. I put at least a year's worth of work into this. I don't really care whether or not people on Sput like my stuff, but it's a good place for me to try and get some criticism and feedback on it, so it's nice to see a review for it.

cb123
August 23rd 2014


2018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great stuff North man

North0House2
August 27th 2014


5857 Comments


Thanks bro, I'm so glad you're enjoying it. It's good to hear that the few people that've actually listened to this like it.

cb123
August 27th 2014


2018 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really reminds of Zelienople, keep up the good work man



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