Musk Ox
Musk Ox


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
March 8th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Has beauty ever really been encompassed like this? A true gem that even causes Metal Heads to stand by in awe.

As much as I'd love to bang my head for endless hours to heavy music, I can't help but staring at beautiful pieces of amazement. Musk Ox plays pure folk music. There is no metal here at all but that doesn't mean a damn thing for me. The extremely high levels of enjoyment come from the perfectly written and unforced folk melody lines. Although not an ambient album, "Musk Ox" impeccable atmosphere is credited to the use of beautiful folk riffs, occasional pianos and reverb laced vocals, and even more sparse synths.

While many of the tracks are quite lengthy this does not make for a stagnant listen. The never ending subtle changes are very noticeable as "Sur Une Infinie Route De Terre" gradually builds with very memorable melodies; these classical acoustic elements evolve into perfect textures that can only be credited to virtuosos of musicianship. If high merits can be given to technical players then the same can be said for Nathanaƫl Larochette[sole member of Musk Ox]. "Entre La Terre Et Le Ciel" finishes with a very soft yet catchy hymn-like anthem that reeks of originality and composure. The nature sounds of birds blends with running water to heighten the serene atmosphere as soft flutes lay you too sleep.

Although "Musk Ox" can be enjoyed before going to bed or during "wined down time", these seducing elements do not behest feelings of stagnancy. The main thing holding this album from a 5 is the lack of difference between the tracks; while the tracks are technically different in nature, the atmosphere seems to hold a bit of a recurring theme as the listener is lulled along. Some songs may seem to drag on a bit making the album as a whole a bit difficult to sit through. Because of this I would recommend giving occasional listens here and there to reap the most benefits. But, if you can find time for it, this can be a real treat during periods of relaxation or walks through a park or while watching the skies sunset.

"Musk Ox" is fully for fans of folk who like mellow but beautifully crafted pieces of acoustic sound. This album is almost guaranteed to never disappoint as each song is of very high compositional merit. If you like October Falls, Tenhi, and Agalloch, then you should definitely love Musk Ox.



Recent reviews by this author
Dropped Flyer Electronic CigaretteAbacus Abacus
Van der Graaf Generator Pawn HeartsFinch (NL) Beyond Expression
Orwell AVOHFASIHOdyssey (USA) An Abstract Existence
user ratings (40)
3.7
great
related reviews

Woodfall
recommended by reviewer
October Falls Marras
Empyrium Weiland
Agalloch The Mantle


Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
March 8th 2012


14382 Comments


Needs period in summary!

I can't help but starring at

"staring"?

"Musk Ox" has impeccable atmosphere is credited to

Fix something!

While many all of the tracks

What?

until it, with classical,

awkward

Nathanaƫl Larochette; sole member of Musk Ox

put brackets around sole and Ox instead of using semi-colon

while the tracks are technicality different

"technically"


ThroneOfAgony
March 8th 2012


3485 Comments


wow, this is good

ThroneOfAgony
March 8th 2012


3485 Comments


and captain check out tenhi if you haven't already. they're kind of like musk ox

seedofnothing
March 8th 2012


3425 Comments


Good review.

I actually featured track 3 on one of my "Songs of the Day". Good album.

Crysis
Emeritus
March 8th 2012


17518 Comments


Heard a couple songs by this band off various compilations but never checked out an LP. Might do so if
I feel up to it.

Also check out Nest if you haven't already. And if you feel like hearing a fantastic compilation of
neo-folk artists check out "Whom the Moon a Nightsong Sings".

North0House2
March 8th 2012


6080 Comments


I heard this guy a few months ago. Needless to say, I was impressed. Good review.

Eclecticist
March 8th 2012


3863 Comments


Did you make sure to type this one up on word first?

Eclecticist
March 8th 2012


3863 Comments


Good, you seemed borderline suicidal last time. Don't get me wrong that is black metal as fuck but then there would be one less user spitting out frequently good death metal reviews.

paxman
March 8th 2012


4084 Comments


I don't like this review as much as your recent others, but have a pos anyway because I like how you've developed a niche.

Puzzles
March 8th 2012


3065 Comments


WHAT A RETARDED NAME LOL

paxman
March 8th 2012


4084 Comments


Animals make the best names you sonofabitch

pizzamachine
March 9th 2012


14382 Comments


This is pretty nice.

bnelso55
November 17th 2012


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Glad to see this reviewed. Have a pos. This is an excellent album and I have a feeling the new album will be even better.

Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcc9-6zOrfM

Emyay
April 16th 2014


6282 Comments


gonna check this out. got a friend whose nickname is musk ox so its about damn time i got around to this

Emyay
April 18th 2014


6282 Comments


i'm getting a huge sigur ros ( ) vibe from the first 3 minutes of the first track.

Emyay
April 18th 2014


6282 Comments


it shows up at the end of the song too. its kind of jarring how similar it is

Emyay
April 18th 2014


6282 Comments


it's interesting stuff. there are folks here that are super into them. i'm not one of them, but i think they are cool. the first song on their album ( ) has an almost identical melody to the first song on this.

anyways....after first listen i thought this was good. definitely gonna come back to it in the future. can't really give a ranking bc i listened at work but i definitely noticed some great guitar work as well as some good use of piano and other atmospherics.

Emyay
April 18th 2014


6282 Comments


luv u 2


ChoccyPhilly
August 8th 2014


13322 Comments


Started listening to this and the first track reminds me so much of Sigur Ros' Untitled 1

Digging: Violet Cold - Empire of Love

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2016


11799 Comments


This is so nice to jam eyes closed just before sleeping



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy