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Seven Colour Drive

seven colour drive And Then a Gust of Wind took me... And I was Up In the Air Again

And Then A Gust Of Wind Took Me… And I Was Up In The Air Again

3rd December 2017 – Self-released

01. Birth, An Ephemeral Creation
02. And Then A Gust Of Wind Took Me….
03. On The Mountain Summit
04. We Rested For A While
05. And I Was Up In The Air Again

And Then a Gust of Wind took me… And I was Up In the Air Again comes firmly from the Explosions in the Sky school of post-rock. Glittery and polished, Seven Colour Drive‘s blissfully sparse ambience is light as a feather but hides barely-concealed fangs.

The record sparkles with ideas. There’s a conscious, audible effort to keep them contained and not to muddle up the execution; the album cycles through phases incredibly quickly. First track “Birth, an Ephemeral Creation” opens with an intro section that moves from ambience to a curious guitar picking pattern to spoken word samples before exploding into Bossk-esque driving post-rock. Later, “And Then a Gust of Wind Took Me…” features some gorgeous synth-based ambience, firmly back into pleasantly familiar EITS territory. This builds gradually, taking its sweet time; the track is gentle and pastoral, twinkly guitars that are vaguely reminiscent of some of the more jangly cuts of 70s prog (Camel, Caravan etc).

On the Mountain Summit” includes some satisfying heavy prog riffs, and the weight and urgency that these elements add make this one of the more direct and coherent tracks on the record. Later, “We Rested for a While” and closer “And I Was Up in the Air Again” continue the themes established. The concluding track in particular showcases some light jazzy guitar work, one of the more soulful elements at work here.

The volume of ideas here is to be congratulated, but occasionally they’re discarded a little too quickly. Post-rock often gets accused of being all build-up and no reward, but here the rewarding sections of coherent ferocity are frequent but a little brief. Overall, there could be more holding the release together, and whilst it’s an engaging listen the lighter moments in particular feel like they’re given too much space to meander. The heavier, driving sections are where the band’s energy and personality are expressed, and gorgeous though the record is it’s only when they commit to the momentum that the record really hangs together.

Having said that, I haven’t heard much that’s been released this year that would stand up to how lovely this record sounds; prog rock undertones give the record a cerebral feel without making it feel too forced-retro, and the layers are gorgeously mixed. Some tightening required, sure, but for a debut release this is a solid effort with potential for excellent future releases.

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