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Baltic Fleet
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on 12 January 2009
This is a largely, if not entirely instrumental album, with very occasional vocal samples woven into its post-rock fabric. The feel is one of relaxation and as such follows Sigur Rós' template strongly, but this is a comparatively heavier album. However, heavy only in the druggy sense of the prog. rock influences that spill out to stain its post-rock make-up.

Early in the album, a third influence is evident in the gloomy shape of the Cure, Interpol, and their forefathers Joy Division. The brooding post-punk bass-lines of early tracks, such as the Black Lounge is proof enough. I've mentioned Sigur Rós already and their influence is clear, heck, one track is even called `Reykjavik Promise', but it is more evident in the track `In Chicago' where an ethereal vocal sample drifts across atmospheric piano and recalls Agaetis Byrjun.

This is a worthy experiment and strong fusion of genres, but throughout I can't help but feel that there is something missing. It could be the lack of abandon that contemporaries Godspeed! employ so well, but more likely the nagging points to where a decent vocal should be. As such the feel is almost incomplete and therefore instills a sense of wistful longing across the album like a creeping fog, which if relaxing is equal parts unsettling.
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on 22 March 2008
The album has shades of The Chemical Brothers, Radiohead, Air, with a simmering of Portishead and Talking Heads (without the vocals). It kicks off with upbeat drum beats and flows from guitar and bass guitar rock mixed with dance tracks to mellow piano / synth led tunes that remind you of Chilled Ibiza, and ends with an absolute corker of a track. Some tracks don't quite do it for me, but others build up gently into a perfect blend of music that just sounds right, and draws you into the music, with melodic piano, strong drum beats and growling bass lines. The album grows on you, and you hear new things with each listen making it even more enjoyable! Recommended!
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