The discovery of a new band is always exciting. Will it be something you’ve heard countless times? An experience that leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Or is it a treat from which you cannot stop consuming? I wanted to take a trip back in time to reminisce about bands/albums that not only introduced me to heavy music, but kept me coming back for more…
From The Archive: If These Trees Could Talk – Above the Earth, Below the Sky
It seems I’ve come to a crossroad with multiple paths to choose from. I’ve already traveled the lands of thrash and speed, navigated the twisted paths of blackened/death, the desolate plains of doom and the murky depths of sludge. I feel it’s time to take a different route and head to Akron, Ohio where rumor has it, the trees there can talk. And no, I’m not referring to Ents, these trees don’t speak words…
… they speak volumes. Consisting of three guitarists, one bass player and one drummer, If These Trees Could Talk are a post-rock instrumental band that craft delicate layers of complex and atmospheric waves of sound, layered over steady drums and a tight rhythm section. But within the cascading atmosphere of tranquil melody, there are moments of thick heaviness that help build up and further enhance the mood, while at other times, bringing songs to a satisfying conclusion.
I first came to know of ITTCT through a music blog site. It was a random shot in the dark, but after reading the description of the bands sound, and being on a instrumental kick, I couldn’t resist and quickly checked them out. My adventure began with their LP, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky”, a follow up to their self-titled EP. Well it’s safe to say my ears were meet with delight. I was swept into a majestic and explosive world of sound that enveloped my entire being and gave me a feeling of complete relaxation. Entranced best describes the affect this album had on me when I played it, and to this day it still has a hold on me.
All ten tracks, while enjoyable on their own, are meant to be heard together, in order. The flow from one to another is so smooth and flawless, it’s as if it was written as one track instead of a collection of songs. I can’t recall a time I ever skipped a track when listening to it, I just don’t have the heart too in fear of missing out on something wonderful. That’s how beautiful this album sounds. I also find it hard to cherry-pick which song is better than another or what stands out the most, since each track works off one another and presents the whole album as completed work of art.
With the combined talents of this instrumental powerhouse and top-notch production, “Above the Earth, Below the Sky” is an album that not only creates a quiet and foreboding aura coupled with an assault on all auditory senses, but gives off a feeling that will root itself deep within the listener and have them coming back for more. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to wipe the drool from my mouth, so in the meantime, sit yourself down (which I assume you’re already doing) and feast your ears on this fine tune…
If These Trees Could Talk – “Below the Sky”