1099
Young Pines


4.0
excellent

Review

by eloimayano USER (8 Reviews)
February 19th, 2015 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1099 deliver yet another original and solid post-rock record that stands out of the genre.

1099 is an independent post-rock band from Trondheim, Norway. With their tremendous eponymous album in 2013, they manage to impose themselves as a very interesting post-rock act that, if it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, manage to make it turn better than ever with their unique heavy and melodic sound. Two years after their last album, they are back with a new effort, Young Pines.

Those who follow the band on social network noticed that 1099 have been posting one song from the record every week for nearly two months until the official release of Young Pines so the record comes as no surprise. Nonetheless, the fans of the band were firmly waiting for the new effort by the Scandinavian band and probably weren’t disappointed when they release their first song back in December, Memfis. In the first seconds, we recognize the loud, heavy, rhythmic sound that characterize 1099. This with the traditional melodic leitmotiv gives them their own post-rock sound and their to-the-point structure is clearly visible and is what makes them unique. Yeager kicks in right after and is probably the most typical post-rock song of the album. Melodic post-rock structure with heavy drums and bass and spaced repetitive guitars. Not a bad song, but not the one that stands out either.

It’s with Palatine Light, the fourth song and the first of three epic 10+ minutes song, that the album really starts kicking in. We still found the beautiful melody and rhythms, but the structure is much more complex, thanks to a couple of beautifully placed shift. The melodic leitmotivs are still there, but in a really dark and ambient mood and, with the help of the grainy and aggressive sounding bass line, construct a 10 minutes epic that stands out of the album at the first listen.

The second epic song of the album is called Krystallfabrikken and starts with two and a half minutes of noisy and ambient drone sound before beautiful piano comes in. Just like with Palatine Light, there is a structure much more complex and interesting that most typical post-rock group. The guys from 1099 doesn’t take the easy way to deliver and never hesitate to experiment with noise, loud distortion and weird sound in a song that wouldn’t suffer the comparison to bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor!

The third and last epic, Hjorten, closes the albums with a much more mellow, melodic and melancholic sound all at once. Not as complex as the other ones, it’s still a beautiful piece of work that reminds us of the Rock Action / Come on die young Mogwai sound. This is a wonderful way to close the album and, while we can’t say that it’s as memorable as their precedent effort, it’s still a wonderful post-rock piece of art that deserves multiple listens and that confirms us that 1099 is indeed a band to follow.



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JJKeys
February 19th 2015


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Full album available to download here: http://1099.bandcamp.com/album/young-pines-3



Great review, I'm definitely liking what I'm hearing so far! Pos'd



One little thing that irks me a little is your use of '2min30'; it seems a little colloquial compared to how finely you've been writing in your review. '2 and a half minutes' may read a little better, but that's just me

eloimayano
February 19th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for your kind words JJKeys; especially since English isn't my first language, it means a lot to me. I decided to change the 2min30 as it's used in french from time to time, but it didn't occur to me it might not be as common in English. Thanks for the tips; I'm always looking to improve my English writing skills by writing about lesser known band that deserve it. And if you like what you hear, I cannot recommend you enough their last album, 1099, also free/name your price on bandcamp.

JJKeys
February 19th 2015


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wouldn't have been able to tell! Hell, you speak better English than I do half the time



I definitely will check their eponymous and debut once I've given Young Pines a few more spins -

definitely one of the stronger albums I've heard from this year so far

eloimayano
February 19th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really glad to hear that as it's among my favorite of the year as well!

YakNips
February 19th 2015


19996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i loved their last record!!! very excited to hear this

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 20th 2015


9313 Comments


Good review, pos.


One tiny correction:

Another original and solid post-rock records that stands out of the genre from 1099.

1099 deliver yet another original and solid post-rock record that stands out of the genre

Digging: Stew (SWE) - Taste

eloimayano
February 20th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for you comments guys and for the correction Voivod; just change it. Don't hesitate to point to me whatever needs corrections.

JJKeys
February 20th 2015


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Serious love for this album - this tops nearlly all of what I've heard so far from this year

eloimayano
February 20th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Happy to read this. I discover this band just by browsing the 'post-rock' tag on bandcamp just when they release their last album. And I'm so glad I did!

zaruyache
February 20th 2015


24698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

another good post-rock album from this year? Added to the todo list.

Digging: Sadness (USA) - _____

JJKeys
February 20th 2015


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'grats on the feat, too!

Observer
Emeritus
February 20th 2015


9037 Comments


moody and broody will sit on and pontificate at my leisure.

iamamanfromspace
February 20th 2015


1030 Comments


Sounds awesome

zaruyache
February 20th 2015


24698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is sounding pretty interesting so far.

minty901
February 21st 2015


3940 Comments


Last album was alright but hated the vocals. Will check this out though.

North0House2
February 21st 2015


6100 Comments


I absolutely love these guys.

Calc
February 21st 2015


16791 Comments


"With their previous efforts (including the tremendous eponymous album from 2013)"

if you say "their previous efforts" you don't have to then include one of those efforts it's a little redundant.

Digging: The Butcher's Rodeo - HAINE

YakNips
February 21st 2015


19996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cant wait to hear it and then talk about how their last lp was better

Artuma
February 21st 2015


32430 Comments


wow i need to hear this

Digging: Low - Hey What

StolenIdentity
February 22nd 2015


326 Comments


Surprised this has disappeared from the feature section so quickly. Glad I picked it up in time though. Seriously enjoyed this on first listen.



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