Flying Horseman
Wild Eyes


4.0
excellent

Review

by thebhoy EMERITUS
November 10th, 2010 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


John Crowley’s 2008 film Boy A is a remarkable workout in pacing and mood. The story follows a young man (played by the excellent Andrew Garfield; see: The Social Network) who has recently been released from juvenile detention for killing a young girl with his troubled friend as a youth. Starting with a new identity, Jack, and living with his parole officer, we follow him through his day to day jobs and meeting a girl. Needless to say people catch on to who he is and it’s all downhill from there. But the story is really secondary to the mechanics of the film. Buoyed by a great lead performance and wonderful cinematography from Robert Hardy, Crowley shapes his narrative with a magnificently dense atmosphere. The same, almost foreboding, atmosphere is that which makes Flying Horseman’s debut, Wild Eyes, so damned ingratiating. Like Boy A, the album is not without its flaws, but what keeps it interesting is the enveloping mood and emotion the band create.

There is a great sadness in this collection of songs; an ominous sadness that permeates through sometimes overwrought lyrics (“your mind is like a feather / your body is a curse”). Not to suggest a low quality of lyrical output from frontman Bert Dockx, on the contrary, this is where much of the sadness and mood are imbedded. “Come on let us ravish in the flood” he damn near pleads with his haunting vocals in “Arrow”. Seemingly melancholic, there is a sense of great loss, unnameable as it is, at the core of Wild Things and the lyrics are muddied in opaque, even biblical, references to apocalyptic destruction (what was that band name again"). Things are grandiose thematically here, and where some might wish for a more personal touch–it’s there somewhere, surely, with all these positions of “we”–that wish si a red-herring because of the honesty in its Miltonian discourse. Dockx curbs the histrionics by leaving much of his lyrics obtuse so that they are more labyrinthian than baroque.

It doesn’t hurt to back up your lyrics with uncompromising musical direction. It may not be hip to layer your guitar tones in such a dreading manner, almost like a certain famous Canadian post-rock band at times, but perhaps that’s why Flying Horseman are so effective with it. Fuck what the masses say! So when that siren guitar sound opens “Feather” it’s damn near chilling. Of course that uncompromising approach to the atmosphere may also be what’s holding Wild Eyes back from something greater, with only “Meditation Blues” breaking from the slow burning tom rhythms, guitars that alternate between chugging and chiming, and the hypnotic, repetitive bass lines. But that just makes the record more difficult, and subsequently, more rewarding. There might not be that much to grab onto at first, but with repeated listens the mood takes over. That’s when you notice the awesome bridge between the 7/4 riff of the first half of “Landmark/Lament” into its more direct second half. Or the way the closer builds itself into a wall of guitar tones in what is surely the most epic moment on the album. Wild Eyes is certainly a challenging album, but because of the skill in its craft, the challenge is certainly a rewarding one.



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thebhoy
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stream:



http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 10th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish people paid attention to stuff so I could feel like I hype things

BallsToTheWall
November 10th 2010


49014 Comments


Good review. Will look into tomorrow.

Digging: Protector - Golem

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2010


7504 Comments


Second what Xeno said. I am suitably impressed. Fantastic writing, and the review is rock-solid in its defense.

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 11th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cheers guys

AggravatedYeti
November 11th 2010


7684 Comments


swear to god if this sucks...

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 11th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But it's me, it doesn't suck

AggravatedYeti
November 11th 2010


7684 Comments


ok very true.

...Keelan you always derail my fun so quickly. : P

of course I'm going to listen to you

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 11th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

We've put monorails in Brockway Ogdenville and North Haverbrook and by god it put them on the map.

AggravatedYeti
November 11th 2010


7684 Comments


trains don't exist in Canada shutup.

Jash
November 11th 2010


4249 Comments


Awesome review as usual brah, this album sounds super goof I'll have to add it to my list of 2010 albums to fit in before the year is over

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 11th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeti apparently you haven't looked up CANADIAN HISTORY recently.... not that you would. I'm a history major IN Canada and I don't want to know Canadian history, it's that boring.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2010


11979 Comments


wait keelan you're canadian? i'm sorry i thought we could be friends...

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 12th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa whoa whoa, what's wrong with Canada again? (oh wait, I could probably answer that in a 200 page essay)

AggravatedYeti
November 12th 2010


7684 Comments


Canada rules
Rudy's just thinks they wouldn't sell him any cheap bourbon if he crosses the border.

+ Bieber.

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 12th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeti have you listened to this yet?

AggravatedYeti
November 12th 2010


7684 Comments


no, sorry.
been a busy past few days music wise.
but I do have it and plan to soon.

I saw in the Public Strain thread you likened this album to that but with more structure.
And I mean, I love me some Women so.

thebhoy
Emeritus
November 12th 2010


4463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, not more structured... I think more well constructed, as in, more interesting parts. They're less noisey and more apocalyptic if that makes sense. And I just like this more then Women and was trying to whore attention to this haha



Enotron
November 12th 2010


7695 Comments


guess i better check it out

AggravatedYeti
November 12th 2010


7684 Comments


you attention whore you.



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