Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
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With their newest epic, Pelican bring on new levels of complexities to their already distinctive auditory stamp. Acoustic guitars take their place beside the group's traditional (read: highly amplified) power-droning and awe-inspiring instrumental anthems. Whether this signals the end of the underground musical landscape as we know it, or the beginning of a new one is anyone's guess. Luckily, it rules either way. They've toured with Low, Tortoise, Isis, Mono, Cave In, Daughters, The Bronx, A.R.E., Weapons, US Maple, and more. Hydra Head. 2005.
"(One of the) Bands that should generate buzz" -- Entertainment Weekly
"(Pelican) are doing for metal what Copernicus did for astronomy" -- Alternative Press
"Both beautiful and awe-inspiring" -- Magnet
"Simply mindblowing" -- Revolver Revolver
"This is powerful stuff indeed" -- Mojo
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Pelican's music is a journey, not a showboat. Probably the most common complaint would be that sometimes -- occasionally -- the rhythm is off-kilter, but I can't for the life of me figure out whether that's on purpose or not... and maybe that's part of the point. I know this album's a classic because it manages to blow me away even though there is nothing flashy about it that would excite the listener -- no killer licks, no solos, and especially --- no vocals, thank you. It is about the art of the music and absolutely nothing else. What they express here is elemental -- crank it up and the forces of nature seem to be assaulting your living room. As a good horror movie brings thrill without real danger, this album delivers the power of the Earth without your having to go outside in the bloody weather.
If you're interested in Pelican and trying to pick one album to start with, this might be the one. If you're already a fan and you don't have this one yet, then by all means get it. I listened to it just before writing this, and after several years of familiarity it just keeps getting better every time.
Pelican's particular blend on this album clearly reflects GY!BE in the length and serious tone of the "songs," but without the Steve Reich/minimalist repetition. Another important influence is psychedelia -- Track 6, "Aurora Borealis," sounds like it could be from Amon Duul II's Wolf City, which is an excellent thing, by the way. TFIOTWBTD made excellent listening on an hour-plus commute before dawn in the Fall of 2011.
At this point Pelican, based in Chicago, was still on Hydra Head, the L.A.-based label run by Aaron Turner of Isis. Turner designed the album art, which depicts a world in the process of melting, even including little molecules of CO2. Global warming/climate change seems to be the apocalyptic setting for Pelican's music, and that sense of impending doom is stronger here than on any of their other albums. The title seems to cryptically reference this as well, "fire" bringing a "thaw," though exactly what "throats" have to do with it is not clear.
THE FIRE IN OUR THROATS is an essential post-metal recording.
Pelican creatively drives home a sense of dreams of sound on this album. It's like a walk through a rainbow from one end to the other. The color experience is like nothing you could ever imagine on your own without the effort to see it (or hear it) for yourself. This album is quite simply amazing.
I recommend that you purchase this gem of an album from Pelican. You know, I don't really know how to explain music in really technical fashion like some listeners can. But, I know a great musical experience when I hear it, and this certainly is a nice walk through the sound of dreams. It is breathlessly gentle and passionately compelling. Pelican has really created an undeniable classic here.
Pick it up. If you are at all interested in this kind of music then you won't regret owning this album.
It definitely got me back into them.
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Get a cold day, a hot drink, some time to think, and let Pelican beckon the thaw of your heart.Read more