This is a multifaceted release of progressive/post-rock, fusing elements of bands such as Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Scale the Summit, Cloudkicker, and Between the Buried and Me into a rich, textured journey. As I’ve opined frequently in the past; I love an album that feels like a journey.
The songs are colourful and layered, speaking of a musically talented band who are capable of combining high-quality musicianship with an ear for a good tune. Melodically sumptuous, but with real depth and longevity to back up its shiny veneer, the music on Of Adoration calmly and lightly walks the line between catchy memorability and impressive technical displays.
Zaius create atmosphere with ease across these eight songs, varying mood and pace to suit each track accordingly. The songs flow naturally and demonstrate an easy familiarity of the landscape they inhabit; each song has its own personality and motivations, while never losing sight of their overall place in the grand scheme of things.
I really enjoyed this album. I find that some instrumental bands almost blur into one, so content are they to travel the same paths as much larger bands. Zaius are not one of these bands though; the music on this release is familiar enough to appeal to fans of the bands mentioned above, while still having a character and worth all of its own.
A highly recommended listen; check this out.