May 17, 2009

God is an Astronaut - A Moment of Stillness

Genre(s) - Post-rock
Origin - Glen of the Downs, Ireland
Year of release - 2006
Bitrate - around 192 kbps
Size - 30.66 MB

Instrumental rock songs that steadily build from calm pieces of near-ambient introspection to stormy crescendoes that Explode in the Sky - God is an Astronaut are not much different from any of their post-rock colleagues except for the fact that they go much, much deeper. There is such melancholy in here, so much longing, so much tragic beauty. Each pained, crystalline guitar tone is a page, each track on this EP a chapter from a book you just know can't end with the main characters alive. It tells of doomed, clandestine loves and women frozen to death at the seashore after waiting in vain for their lovers to return. Well, it may tell you something else entirely, but if you want to be genuinely moved, please look no further.

  1. Frozen twilight
  2. A moment of stillness
  3. Forever lost (reprise)
  4. Elysian fields
  5. Crystal canyon
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  1. These guys are awesome (my favourite song by them is 'All Is Violent, All Is Bright'). I was first afraid that they would sound like any other post-rock band but they go indeed much deeper.

  2. Cool, my favourite song is Loss, from their self-titled 2008 album. Even though this is "just" an EP the songs on here come pretty close, I must say.