RELEASE: At Peace, Overlook.
RELEASE DATE: 15/01/16
RECORD COMPANY: Admirable Traits Records
‘At Peace, Overlook’ is Tomoreaux’s debut album and, as the album artwork implies, it’s an epic affair. They describe themselves as post-rock and shoegaze, however, with their preference for tones as crystal clear as the streams that run in the mountain range on the front cover, it definitely feels closer to the post-rock end of the wedge.
Opening track ‘Zion’ builds the atmosphere, with bassy echoes ringing out for days. ‘In Plain Air’ begins as an Eastern mantra with a falsetto voice adding to the mystique. The tightly-timed tattoo introduction takes us into ‘Vagus’, a song of many transitions. The drums seem to lead the charge here, with the guitars following firstly in an almost slackerish riff, before building to something rather grand. The next track, ‘Bennington’, was released as a single back in mid-2015 and it’s a builder. We start in acres of space, but before long the layers have layered, and the strumming has become ferocious. It’s tightly packed, but they still squeeze in an emotional cry and then the space returns.‘Taiga’ is another song of transitions. It starts with the grittiest riff of the record so far, which ebbs away and is replaced with a spacious melody. The grit returns however, along with some seriously pummelled drums. The pace slows for ‘Roads’ which starts off with a chiming melody that calls to mind Mogwai’s soundtrack for Les Revenants, but the dramatic vocal takes it somewhere else. ‘Constellation’ is as big and sparkly as Hydra itself. And then comes closer, ‘No Map’. Its intricate guitar lines and cool vocal bloom into a juggernaut of gigantic noise, ending the album as it began, huge and reverb-filled.
Described locally, as ‘nature rockers’, it does seem that Tomoreaux take their inspiration from some of the universe’s more upscale subject matter, but for a band who are based just miles from Niagara Falls, maybe that’s not so surprising.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.