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Young Mountain

This Will Destroy You Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cobraside
  • ASIN: 5558345012
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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In 2005, as a part of Temporary Residence's Travels in Constants series, Explosions in the Sky released The Rescue, an eight-song "mini LP" (their words) that condensed the band's normally epic sound into smaller, bite-sized nuggets. Several months later, Mogwai released Mr. Beast, their fifth album, and surprised fans when no song crossed the six-minute mark. This, from a genre where anything under eight minutes feels short. These albums show that tension can exist within the confines of each riff and melody, not just the song as a whole. Continuing this trend, San Marcos, Texas natives This Will Destroy You's debut LP Young Mountain proves that when the mood is there, it doesn't need 15 minutes per song to develop. Much like Explosions in the Sky and Mono, This Will Destroy You use their instruments expertly to create a brooding anxiety that threatens to erupt at any moment. They often build in traditional instro-post-rock fashion, starting calm before growing to a dense wall of guitars and cymbals, but they never really feel bound by that formula. The opening track, "Quiet", is more about repetition than evolution, as once the instruments kick in early in the song, they don't spend much time further developing the melody. That's not a bad thing, though, because the atmosphere is there, hidden beneath the swirling guitar noise. But mostly this is an exercise in controlled arrangements. The band employs its fair share of effects, especially delay and reverb, but rarely does the noise spiral out of control. "I Believe in Your Victory" bucks this trend, exhuding a more triumphant and upbeat spirit. All of the foreboding elements are still there, but a slight shift in the melody makes all the difference. "Grandfather Clock" also sets itself apart, this time with a skittering electronic beat that flutters behind the guitars and keys up front. These two tracks offer a brief respite from the bulk of the album, which is dark and intense. Tracks : 1 Quiet, 2 The World Is Our ___ , 3 I Believe in Your Victory, 4 Grandfather Clock, 5 Happiness We're All in It Together, 6 There Are Some Remedies Worse Than the Disease --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album of 2005 1 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, for a start this isn't an album, it's an EP (at six tracks in length). But in the vein of most post rock bands, it's a rather lengthy affair so the price tag is warranted.

This album has been very well received, despite the inital release of a few hundred copies. Thanks largely to publicity from Decoymusic (namely Jordan Volz's "Top 50 of 2005") the band have built up a large fanbase.

The album itself is fantastic. When more and more post rock acts are trying to emulate the sound of mainstays Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Sigur Ros or Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You have built a sound that encapusaltes all that post rock has to offer without ripping off the more established artists. Sure, there are hints of other bands, because at the end of the day you can only take instrumental music so far before it starts to sound like old news, but there's enough experimentation here to ensure that the listener never gets bogged down by the cliches of post rock. Chiming guitars fuse with glitchy electronics over subdued strings, but it always sounds fresh and exciting.

It's a shame that This Will Destroy You are born out of Texas (not the UK) as they will probably never escape the comparisons to Explosions In The Sky, just as any post rock band coming out of Canada gets tarred with the GY!BE brush. But look past the pigeonholing and geographical categorisation of post rock bands, and see the quality and appeal of Young Mountain for what it really is. One of the finest post rock releases of 2005, if not the last decade.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of the best this year 9 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this after hearing The World Is Our ____. It's not usually the type of music I listen to and I never usually buy after hearing one song, but I couldn't stop listening to that one song so I thought why not.

I have no regrets at all about buying it-it is one of my favourites. The sort of album that you just sit around simply listening to. You don't want to hear anything else incase it ruins the mood 'Young Mountain' puts you in. Simply amazing. My favourite song is 'Quiet', there are no words to describe how great that song is.

Buy it. You'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Mountain 15 Mar 2011
By Stalker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I haven't found a lot of post rock that appeals to me. Much of it seems monotonous and impenetrable. The bands I do like are those that mostly use conventional instruments who manage to impart a strong theme into their music which I can visualise. They create the soundtrack and I create the images if you like. TWDY are certainly a band who can do this. Their similarities to Explosions In The Sky are obvious but they successfully use a much larger range of sounds and instruments to paint a far broader canvas of images and emotions. The styles of this mini-LP (it's over 40 minutes long so I wouldn't really call it an EP) follow a lot of post rock conventions with their alternating loud / quiet sections but the melodies are exceptional. The start of opening track "Quiet" with it's guitar supported piano part is simple yet breathtakingly beautiful. Such a shame the only direction they can think of to take it in is to smother it in increasing layers of distorted guitar. Otherwise this is a gem of a cd with perfect little melodies popping up all over and a percussionist who knows how to add interest in the quiet sections and how to drive the music when its required (no monotonous marching rhythms here !). For newcomers to post rock this would be the perfect introduction but don't expect it all to be this good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams are made of this 14 Jun 2007
By frogs
Format:Audio CD
I've been using Last.fm recently and it's costing me money... Not that I mind when I unearth such treasures as this. They play extremely beautiful guitar-led post-rock in the same vein as 'Explosions in the Sky' - I have shivers down my spine listening to this. It works even better when alone at night, on headphones (as I am now :) ) - heartbreaking stuff.
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