Review Summary: God is an Astronaut introduce yet another pleasant, albeit unremarkable album to their passable discography. But main difference in sound is as it happened earlier this year with 65dos new album more electronic, mellow and rounded sound. God is an Astronaut are a 3 piece who hail from Glen of the Downs, Ireland. Their melodies and chords are excellent, but the repetition of the loud then soft formula gets a little predictable after a while. This is not to say that they have completely abandoned their classic spacey sound. This went on and on for this particular school performance and the kids in the audience loved it. It is to Oisín that the whole album is dedicated, and the grief of his loss is what fuels the album as whole.
Origins will find its fans, surely enough. While this is unexpected, it is a delightful surprise. A particular group of my students who could barely play the three chords to Wild Thing prepared a major opus for the school music assembly by playing those three chords very softly with mostly bass for four reps and then blasting the same three chords very loudly for four more reps. Their style employs elements of , , and , reminiscent of. Mp3 Download God Is An Astronaut A Moment Of Stillness Full Album Mobile? The guitars twist and tangle joyously over a backdrop of energetic beats and hi-hats, creating a sound that could just as easily bring feet to a dancefloor as it could bring solace to someone listening in solitude. Album closer Oisín is the shortest song, but in its delicate piano motifs captures the grief and pain of losing a loved one: it is dedicated to the young cousin of Torsten and Niels Kinsella bass who died recently aged seven. The melody in 'Fire Flies and Empty Skies', it just feels so lazy and basic, and obviously without the crescendocore of Explosions in the Sky, they haven't even got the 'emotion' to back it up.
Soaring and steadily building lead work from the guitar flies overtop the rest of the mix, before breaking down in a heavier climax. The band distinguish themselves from the post-rock crowd on this one by focusing less on spacey soundscapes and more on tuneful musicanship, with faster and busier compositions than are typical on the post-rock scene. Their fourth, self-titled album was released 7 November 2008 on Revive Records. But what this album, and this band in general, is missing from its formula is the vastness of post- rock. Each song is accompanied by its own video. It looks trend to go to more electronic sound sometimes even danceable rhythms is this year fashion for many post-rock bands.
I think the best way to describe this is Post Rock Lite. Similar to many pop artists, these songs are short, have distinct repetitions, and focus heavily on memorable melodies, usually played on guitar, although piano features regularly, and the opening track even has some Sigur R's-esque distant vocals carrying its lead hook. Pianos, synths, acoustic guitars, and textural vocals help leaven the sound, as well as subtle electronic beats. The likeness is so strong that on some tracks you half way expect Bono to come bellowing over the dramatic changes. The rhythms on each song pretty much hold a constant beat on each individual song, This is also to help the music be more pop- like. Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Review 1941575 10 Years On: God is an Astronaut's All Is Violent, All is Bright I completely and utterly understand why the entire world of post-rock hates God is an Astronaut.
A wide spectrum of emotions are conjured over the course of the album and, while half of the tracks feature vocals, the voices have been laden with resonant swathes of effects so as to retain a similar ambiguity to the instrumentals. Of course it has all a nice sound, but if you don't strictly use it as a soundtrack you will just find if very boring. They often start out soft and wintry, gradually swarming and swelling until they erupt into charred feedback. Radau and Sunrise in Aries have a slight 90's rock feel to them. It just seems to lack emotion and depth to me and it devoid of much feeling.
On 12 February 2010, a single was released on their website titled In The Distance Fading, the second song from their fifth album, called , released on 17 May 2010. Their third album, , was released in April 2007 on Revive Records and as a download via their website. Anyway, like you or not, I believe we will see more bands mixing classic post-rock and modern electronic this year. The drums seem to be more prominent and the guitar has more of a voice as well, yet they never resort to the generic power chords to get their point across. They never were big experimentalists or innovators, and their music attracted more by its atmosphere, spacey sounds and melodic.
Playing a very straight forward brand of post-rock with a heavy emphasis on climaxes, the band has carved themselves a little niche thanks to some electronic elements a la 65daysofstatic. Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 Review 679714 This is the first album I listened to by God is An Astronaut, and I think I won't dig any deeper in their discography. Much like their aforementioned inspiration, the band has introduced a poppy, almost dance-like feeling into their latest batch of songs. Something that may differentiate God Is An Astronaut from other post-rock bands such as the aforementioned Explosions In The Sky is their use of electronics in their soundscapes, and in their songs for added atmosphere and effect. There is pain and loss at work here, but not pain and loss that are given in to.
If you like this kind of post-rock give it a try, but it really isn't my cup of tea. Since forming in the early 2000s, Ireland's have been perfecting a brand of epic, mostly instrumental rock which leans heavily on cinematic tension but also has a radio-ready crunch to it. Many of these songs feel so incredibly underdeveloped, and I don't mean that they are too short, I mean that some songs are entirely based around a very simple idea, and four minutes of one melody does wear thin after a few listens. Posted Monday, December 27, 2010 Review 366092 On this 2008 release God is an Astronaut stands on the verge of greatness, but they can't seem to shake the limitations of their chosen 'post-rock' genre. Even more than Explosions in the Sky, who simply packaged down Godspeed You! Two personal favorites of mine are the title track and Grace Descending. God Is an Astronaut's sixth full-length album, Origins was released in 2013. After spending a good bit of time away from music, as both a critic and consumer, it struck me as surprising how easy it was to slide right into Origins.
Its certain these guys know how to set up a nice melancholy chord sequence during the verse and then blast that sequence with full majestic power for the chorus. What is lacks in astounding moments it makes up for with a steady and consistent stream of passable fare. I will give it a low 3 star rating because the production is good, and listening to one track now and then is okay, but I can't seem to garner much interest in it all together as a package, it just gets dull too fast. With word spreading, the band wanted to get out and to start playing the material live and so enlisted Lloyd Hanney who was trained by the late jazz drumming legend Johnny Wadham to join on drums. Later on in their career, the electronic elements would become a positive side to their music, but on this album, let's just say they're pretty poor.