God Is An AstronautXenon Field + Kolibri Epitaph European Tour 2018
Ever since forming 16 years ago, Irish trio God Is An Astronaut
has reigned as one of the
premier instrumental groups. With its fusion of intense rock instrumentation, ethereal
and emotional soundscapes, awe
inspiring dynamics and transfixing melodies.
Each of their prior releases has offered a breath taking sonic j
ourney, and their ninth
emotive opus, Epitaph, is a record that both sees a progression in their sound while still
remaining true to their ethos that helped define the band. The cover artwork was
painted by French artist Fursy Teyssier and fits the melanch
olic mood beautifully. Joined
time drummer Lloyd Hanney, contributions also come from Xenon Field on
sound design and former member Jamie Dean on keys.
The opening title track ‘Epitaph’ sets the album`s mood. There is pain and loss at work
but not pain and loss that are given in to. Sparse piano motifs face energetic
rhythms, shimmering guitar coatings, and eruptions of dense fury breathe life into a
journey of melancholic longing: there is the release experienced when a troubled
nds in ‘Mortal Coil‘ followed by the sombre foreshadowing that is ‘Winter
The album changes direction slightly with ‘Seánce Room’ and the music on this highway
is taking you someplace meaningful and special
someplace where near and far
and stars weep over tragedies.
‘Komorebi’ is a word from Japanese. Think of the interplay between light and leaves
when sunlight shines through trees.The song has a melancholic longing or nostalgia for a
person, place or thing that is far away from
you or about to slip away.
‘Medea’ references Greek mythology, and the enchantress who married Jason, leader of
the Argonauts, only to be later guilty of filicide, a crime so against the natural order of
things that you can imagine the stars in the sky
weeping. It is not easy to confront such
things, but this record and this band don’t shirk the challenge.
Finally, the beautiful and hypnotic piece of music that is the album
closing ‘Oisín’ is in
memory of Torsten and Niels‘ 7
old cousin who was tr
agically taken from this
world. It distills into four minutes all the pain, sadness and longing felt by many over a
longer timeframe. A fitting end to an album that will move you deeply and call out
to you to be revisited many times.