RIYL: EF, This Patch of Sky, Lowercase Noises, Caspian, Explosions in the Sky

Label: Self-Released

Overhead, The Albatross is a 6-piece founded in 2009 and hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Today, I happened across their new release Learning To Growl.

When it comes to the world of “post-rock”, and all the ambiguity that the definition of this sub-genre inherently entails, it’s sometimes tough to discern what you might get when a new release comes your way. Sometimes guitar driven melody, sometimes cinematic orchestra and other times you come across pieces that delve so deeply into ambience that we wake up an hour later wondering what world we just woke up from. Every element of this sub-genre has one beautiful thing in common: it transports you.

With this release, we find a sprawling array of tracks that are beautiful and epic on all fronts. After years of personally digging throughout as much of this stuff as I can, it comes as a refreshing turn to discover Overheard, The Albatross and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you this Friday evening.

The Details

2x12" on black 180gram vinyl, gatefold sleeve. Artwork by Nick Boon.
Includes digital pre-order of Learning To Growl. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.
shipping out on or around 13 May 2016
€25 EUR
releases May 13, 2016

All music by Overhead, The Albatross
Recorded live by Ciarán Cullen and by David Prendergast in Clique Recordings, Kildare
Indie Rose, Daeku, Telekinetic Forest Guard, HBG, Paroxysm & Bara mixed by Philip Magee in The Mill Studios, Swords
Big River Man mixed by Dan Cox in Urchin Studios, London
Leave It To My Ghost mixed by Vinny Casey in Clique Recordings

Mastered by Ciarán Cullen

Vocals on Theme For A Promise performed by The King’s Hospital Choir
Vocals on Big River Man performed by Emilie Daly and The Straffan Lads Choir
Vocals on Daeku performed by Emilie Daly

Additional Percussion on Theme For A Promise and Big River Man performed by Daniel Lang and Eimhin Kelly

Violins performed by Lia Wright, Brona Cahill and Sylvia Roberts
Viola performed by Beth McNinch
Cello performed by Úna Ní Chanainn

Trumpet and Trombone performed by Martin Smutny
Horn performed by Bethan Watkeys
Saxophone performed by Antonello D'Orazio

Album Artwork by Nick Boon
Script Font by Robert Ickis Mirolo

Price $28.56

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