• thisquietarmy Vessels (LP, £12.95)

    label: Aurora Borealis

    Montreal's thisquietarmy create sublime yet massive walls of beautiful shimmering drone, at times with a near pop sensibility, at others near Industrial in its percussive bombast. Vessels explores themes of the sea and man's struggle with this relentless and all pervasive force, the music a perfect means of expressing both the flat calm and the force 9 storm. Eric Quach, the man behind thisquietarmy, is a prolific artist, and Vessels is perhaps his most impactive work to date. "The Pacific Theater" grips the listener in warm drone before slamming them into the rocks with epic percussion. Album closer "A Spanish Galleon" takes a more gentle approach with clean guitar and washes of orchestral strings. Quach's live performances are presented as a real-time multimedia installation, based on an impromptu score to a prepared film, which he creates himself. The visual themes revolve around dark ethereal ambiences and ghostly abstract. The live material can be as structured as it can be improvised on the spot, depending on the moment? vibe, and drowns the audience in a hypnotic dream-like state of introspection. thisquietarmy has performed extensively in Canada, USA and Europe. Tracklisting: 1.The Pacific Theater 2.Lost Crusades 3.Shipwrecks 4.The Black Sea 5.A Spanish Galleon

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