We All Inherit the Moon/The Ascent of Everest - We All Inherit the Moon/The Ascent of Everest Split LP
Record Label: Future Recordings
Release Date: April 13, 2009
The latest Future Recordings project is one that redefines the theme of its discography. This time, the "post-drone" label has brought ambient masterminds We All Inherit the Moon and post-rock wizards The Ascent of Everest together in a seven track split that may very well set the standard for modern day music from the respective genres. The aptitudes of both acts join here to craft an album full of adrenaline rushes and unforgettable meditations.
The first eighteen minutes or so of the album is inhabited by The Ascent of Everest's Godspeed You! Black Emperor-taught progressive indie/post-rock epics, complete with vocals, juggernaut crescendos and captivating gypsy-like string arrangements. The two tracks penetrate ample grandiose territories, at times quiet and beautiful and at times, soaring and completely worthy of a spot on a Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Each note flows flawlessly into the next and every instrument plays in a precise, yet emotional manner, creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere that can be quite crippling if unexpected.
The incorporation of The Ascent of Everest into the split is really what stretches the label's discography; their music alone carries the monumental character necessary to accomplish such a task. Yet one must be meticulous in not forgetting to move on past the opening tracks' enchantment, as there is more to appreciate. Indeed, We All Inherit the Moon juggle the second half with equal dexterity and musical knowledge, evolving their strictly ambient-drone sound on their full-length 5 Song LP to include majestic cellos (as heard in “…and ever. Part III”) and other twinkling novelties, all the while retaining the concise attention span-keeping song structures the band excels in writing.
The second half is really as ambitious as the first, though in a different way – the split allows listeners to track We All Inherit the Moon’s progression, which is noticeable as they refine their sonic character into more mature melody patterns and appropriately placed drones and buzzes. However, both halves boast intriguing first-rate definitions of the word epic, and with seven tracks of “all killer, no filler,” it cannot be emphasized enough how excitingly powerful this split is. I’ll leave it at “absolutely essential soft music record this year” and let the music do the rest.