Spanish post/math rock stalwarts Jardín de la Croix valiantly return to the spotlight with Circadia, their first release since their 2013 EP 187 Steps To Cross The Universe. Their full length follow up is exquisitely produced and brings an array of new tricks to their familiar melodic sound.
It feels like it’s been an age since we’ve heard from tfvsjs though it’s only been three years since the release of their first fantastic album ‘equal unequals to equal’ (kudos to the band for finally getting on that Bandcamp train, took a while!) that brought them a fair bit of attention in our global niche despite the minimal amount of information about them available online.
Split releases are a great record format for bands to put out music cost efficiently. If the bands appeal to the same audience, they can reach each others fans and get bonus exposure. Sometimes, but rarely, the split contains tracks that were written and recorded collaboratively.
A sound engineer once told me that he felt the best EPs he’d ever recorded were the ones that "less resembled an album so much as a short, sharp live set". Given that, perhaps Memory of Elephants’ new 4-track is everything it should be: a statement of intent that grabs your attention and leaves you wanting to hear more.
It is no surprise that Save Us From The Archon's is a fiery blaze of instrumental post-hardcore with complex melodic riffs and interwoven dreamy interludes. So I'm going to go straight to their ostensible love of film, as I am constantly wont to do.
There are plenty of ways to make noise. We have come to accept this from the overwhelming canonization of metal, which has given way to a plethora of sub-genres spanning from funeral doom to goregrind. Yes, it is surprising, perhaps even ironic, that such highly distorted cacophonies can be so multi-tiered.