Ahead of the release of their new album later this year, post-rockers If These Could Trees Could Talk have reissued their debut effort, ‘Above The Earth, Below The Sky’, via their new label home, Metal Blade Records. If you didn’t manage to catch this the first time around, this is one reissue that has to be checked out.
ITTCT are entrancing, beguiling and mesmerizing. ‘Above The Earth, Below The Sky’ is a stunning mix of light and shade; tenderness and raw aggression. Sparse drumming and light, jangly guitars meld fluidly with pounding rhythms, roaring riffs and soaring melodies. The one constant is the growling bass, almost the glue that holds the whole sound together.
The album as a whole is something special and rewards listening through all the way. It almost feels churlish to pick stand-out tracks. The spaciness of ‘What’s In The Ground Belongs To You’ captivates, ‘Thirty-Six Silos’ soars, and the trifecta from ‘Above The Ear’ through to ‘The Sun Is In The North’ is where the album seems to most fully hit its flow. But, the whole is still yet more than the sum of its considerable parts.
Fans of the likes of Pelican will find a lot to love here, there’s also a reminiscence of an instrumental Isis-type sound and, certainly, ITTCT are no slouches in comparison to such luminaries. It’s almost hard to believe that this is in fact their debut album; preceded by one self-titled EP, this is a band already the masters of their craft.
If this all leaves you pining for more, but the new album isn’t coming soon enough for your liking, second album ‘Red Forest’ has also been reissued and is itself well worth a listen or ten. If the forthcoming album hits the high standards ITTCT have set for themselves, we’re all in for a treat.
Written by Sean Richardson