Inner Ear 2016
Unfathomable pull of alchemical wedding from Greek band who know no boundaries.
Free fall may result in gaining velocity but this group’s gravity is progressively dependent on quality which has extended periods between their albums from four to five years, although “Quantum Unknown” was worth the wait. If post-rock doesn’t lend itself easily to upbeat moods, “An Ivory Heart” defies such a notion by bending bossa nova to ghostly images, and there’s sweet, haunting melancholy in “Dowser” that’s almost impossible to escape, the delicate baroque of “Every Man” offering the only refuge.
That’s where the subject of opener “More Than A Matter Of Instinct” – an arrestingly dark piece whose throb throws a bridge to the title epic, marked as “Riveted Eye” – is fully coming into play with a santur undercurrent meandering amidst cosmic synthesizer lines and unexpected blares of trumpet. The spaced-out mariachi could have seemed a passing phase once dissolved in the groovy ambience of “Of Woe” if it didn’t segue into “Migratory Birds” to embrace the funky warmth without losing its original glacial gloss and bounce.
It’s a magical, hypnotic, hypnagogic experience one might want to drown in again and again, so if the sextet will take a six-year-long course towards thes album’s follow-up the time to pass should be measured in dreams.