Posted by: will | March 9, 2007

Aereogramme…

BEST NEW MUSIC

Aereogramme “My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go” (Sonic Unyon)

Buy it at Insound!

Now here is a band that I thought had fallen off the face of the earth. Spawned from the same Scottish scene of Mogwai, The Delgados and The Arab Strap, Aereogramme released two great albums on Matador before disappearing. The band reappeared last year with the uneven mini-album, Seclusion. Seclusion saw the band holding on to their older sound almost like a crutch. However, My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go sees the band going for it and truly recreating themselves. Aereogramme are moving in a more gentle, atmospheric direction here. It is a fantastic and mature transformation for the band.

Aereogramme has matured a great deal as musicians and songwriters and has obviously outgrown their original skin. The bleak, chaotic pastures that were prominent on Aereogramme’s first two albums are mostly non-existent here. Instead, there is a dynamic hopefulness that emanates from the band on My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go. While the album might lack the dramatics of Aereogramme’s former albums, the emotional weight of the band is still present in great degrees. In fact, at times the band recalls the emo glory days of bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral.

The vocals of Craig B. (formerly of the great instrumental Ganger) are much more confident here. On past albums his vocals took a backseat to the instruments only emerging when his screams rang out. On My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go Craig B. refrains from screaming at you, instead relying on his voice as an instrument to carry these songs to their glorious destinations. The band’s epic compositions, which are full of strings and the subtler vocal presence of Craig B., see Aereogramme moving into territories of the great Sigur Ros. Lyrically, the songs are continuous statements of love and life. My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go may be a bit more optimisitic…but it is a dark, yet hopeful optimism. It only adds to the album’s strengths.

My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go perhaps sees the resurrection of a band’s career. Aereogramme, since their beginning, has found themselves in the shadows of their Scottish brethren. This record has the ability to bring them out in the open for all to see and hear. Aereogramme have thrown a beautiful and unexpected curveball. They have also thrown out the best album of their career.

RIYL: Sunny Day Real Estate, Sigur Ros, Radiohead

Listen:

Aereogramme – Concious Life (mp3)

Aereogramme – Nightmares (mp3)

Aereogramme – Barriers (video)

www.myspace.com/aereogrammeofficial

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Responses

  1. Amazing album. Thanks for the part about them being with Matador, I never knew that.

  2. I know…what a great album! You should definitely check out their stuff on Matador…it’s worth the time. Thanks for stopping by Corey!


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