We here at Heavy Blog love many things. We love it when bands take risks and aim big. We love it when disparate artists collaborate to create something magnificent that neither could dream of achieving on their own. We love scouring the internet, countless promotional emails and record stores to find that next great album that nobody knows or talks about. And most of all, when we find such an album, we love telling you all about it. Touchstone has satisfied each of these desires and more. An audacious 60-minute concept album brought to life by almost 50 musicians, indulge us as we regale you with tales of a remarkable record you won’t be forgetting about anytime soon.
If you’re like me, you probably forgot Arbor Day existed until just now (or, in my case, while staring blankly at your work calendar during a slow afternoon). It’s a shame Nebraska is the only state that’s dubbed international-plant-a-tree-day a civic holiday, especially when you compare trees’ importance to our general disinterest in their conservation. Not to mention they helped name one of our favorite post-rock bands. Besides inspiring this eco-warrior rant, my mid-afternoon attempts to avoid working also led to an unexpected epiphany—I’ve yet to write a proper post about Bartholomäus Traubeck’s exceptional album Years, a piece of art that takes more influence from trees than any other album in existence. Nature is a central influence for some of my favorite artists, especially black metal projects like Botanist and Grima. But Traubeck takes this a step further by literally making trees part of the lineup.