Droning electrical storms that beckon you to take cover as fugitive pulsings and coruscating flickers of taut static and thrumming low-end ambience rumble by. Kind of like listening to the surface sounds of a war from inside the hull of a submarine...or the heralding of a spectral army come to conquer humanity...or Eno meets Earth meets Ambarchi...good stuff
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 impactful 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.
The album is presented as a digipak CD and as a limited edition 180g LP in vellum style folder sleeve, 350 copies worldwide.