so apparently (according to the kranky records website), the lads in growing describe their music as metal. i'd say that this couldn't be further from the truth to my ears. i suppose the layers of heavily distorted guitar droning on in the background/foreground could qualify it as a metal record. i'd place it in a genre somewhere between brian eno's "ambient 4: on land" and mogwai's quieter guitar-shaped moments.
regardless of classification or genre, it's a fantastic album to set your room to. it fills the aural space with a flowing tapestry ranging from the critically dark to the heavenly angelic. not quite ambient enough to fade to the back of your mind, and not quite foreground enough to hum along to. it wouldn't be out of place next to your copy of my bloody valentine's "loveless" or the first silver mt. zion album. like all good albums, worth multiple listens, and far superior on vinyl.