I enjoy a good album cover, and this is one I very much like. Here we have an instrumental post-metal band that offers up 56 minutes of music that contains progressive and post-rock elements.
A View from Afar is a textured and expansive experience, allowing the listener to delve into Below a Silent Sky’s evocative world and explore without fear of ever becoming lost or threatened. The music is expressive, atmospheric, and emotive in all of the right ways, and takes the listener on a journey into epic soundscapes that are as immersive as anything in this style.
The songs are easy to relate to and seem effortlessly familiar, but without leading you to believe you’ve heard it all before, so what’s the point? The legacy of bands such as Pelican, Isis, Red Sparowes, etc. is obvious, but not restrictive, and Below a Silent Sky have injected more than enough of their own personalities into their musical muscles to make A View from Afar stand out with its own strengths and idiosyncrasies.
Each of these tracks can be taken in instantly with captivating ease, but the true pleasure here comes from exploring them in depth and getting to truly know the songs. This is where the real nuance and pleasure comes from with an album like this. The band obviously know how to write engaging music and how to craft their soundscapes, and A View from Afar is an aborbing and enjoyable listen.
Yep, I really liked this. Make sure you visit Below a Silent Sky’s world at least once, but preferably over and over again.