Scott Colothan
20:22 30th August 2006
It’s a fucking difficult job for us hacks when reviewing a post-rock band to stay away from those all too familiar comparisons - Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Slint ad nauseum… and the suitably ostentatiously named God Is An Astronaut haven’t made things any easier. Thankfully, what the Wicklow band may lack in originality, they more than make up for in truly sublime sonic sounds capes they concoct - ‘A Moment Of Stillness’ is five interwoven purely instrumental tracks that play on the senses. It’s with the Rock Action-esque opener ‘Frozen Twilight’ that they impress most, filled with soft electronic static, it grows in clambering urgency until the synths reach a truly goose-pimple inducing crescendo. Truly stunning. Elsewhere, the title track is a lesson in gorgeous guitar melodies, ‘Further Lost’ is equally beautiful and haunting and ‘Elysian Fields’ shimmers like a funeral procession. By the time the closing ‘Crystal Canyon’ echoes out the speakers you’re left waiting for their full-length with fervent anticipation…