Tides From Nebula – Eternal Movement
Release Date: November 5, 2013
When people ask me what kind of music I listen to, I can basically name a whole list and a half of several different genres, sub-genres, made up genres, and genres that just don’t plain exist. When I mention anything like post-rock or post-metal, I tend to get a few eyebrows raised in my general direction. If you’re not too familiar with the terms, post-rock is a sub-genre of rock where the influences and instruments are used, but in such a way where the rhythm and guitars act as facilitators of the timbre and textures creating music that are not traditionally found in rock. Post-metal incorporates the post-rock influence along with heavy metal and shoegazing. Some folks consider this a “thinking man’s metal” although I don’t entirely agree with said term.
Tides From Nebula are a band of such definitions, mostly taking from post-rock, that hail from Warsaw, Poland. Although they have been around for quite a while (since 2008) and are set to promote their third full length album, Eternal Movement. This title is fully explained through the record’s music, meaning the movement of life, of the World. Although most would not see this as a concept album, I find myself doing the opposite and taking in the album as puzzle pieces fitting together into a cohesive understanding.
“Laughter of Gods” kicks things off with an energetic and mystical atmospheres that are almost space-like. Beautiful guitar tones resonate from Adam Walesznyski and Maciej Karbowski, providing a cloudy, dreamy, and wondrous journey. Tomasz Stolowski’s drum work helps the song flow and progress, but more so in the background compared to the guitars that drive the “story”. Przemek Weglowski’s bass work is audible and provides a formidable backbone to the arrangement. It isn’t impressive in terms of technicality but it’s ability to fuse well with the guitars is noted. “Laughter of Gods” ends up being very easy going, in a sense that it is there to ease you into it all, instead of dumping it all over you.
“Only With Presence” picks up the pace, guitar wise, and begins to propel the listener into more interesting sound layers. This includes an array of “dancing” guitars alongside some bass work that decides to be a bit adventurous and bold, a surprise considering the path taken in the last track. The concept of the band’s thoughts on existence, consciousness, and identity takes a better form and I believe this is one of the stronger first impression tracks that expresses this adventure.
The traction and momentum are maintained as “Satori” takes control and shows another aspect of the band that didn’t impress me right away. The drum work is energetic and seems to serve a bigger purpose than what was shown in “Laughter of Gods”. Layers of synths and additions begin to encompass it’s work but soon surfaces again as the energy returns. Another ace track.
“Emptiness of Yours and Mine” starts off as a majestic lullaby that transforms to a sort of “chant” or heavy movement of sorts that brings another outlook of the band’s vision to showcase the idea of life and movement. Although uplifting, the band does well with creating a sort of ethereal and underlying dark aura of sorts that some listeners may not experience, but I found myself finding other ideas sprouting from the music expressing a shroud of doubt, stillness, or something similar. This may not have been the group’s intention but I guess they can’t complain if people come up with some different thoughts and opinions on the matter.
“Now Run” is another stellar track that shows off the band working together and fusing their sounds in many great ways. The layers act as puzzle pieces that fit so well in different combinations that you know the band has worked hard to get where they’re at now. This also shows that these guys have experienced events and challenges in their lives which is expressed perfectly in the music they have created.
Tides From Nebula may not exactly be my thing, but I do appreciate what they have created with their latest album. You can’t deny the emotion and musicianship that emanates from this release. I just happen to find the album gravitates to a constant tone, which isn’t bad but it also begins to wear you down in a sense that you can’t really listen to the album multiple times in a short period of time. This is pretty much the only complaint I have about the record, as everything else falls together quite nicely. The production, soundscapes, and emotion just speaks wonders.
This epic tale of life, movement, and existence invokes more than just self-awareness.