Published Nov 11, 2015On Old Growth, Montreal post-rockers Year of Glad take listeners on an emotional voyage to a place in the deep depths of the universe. The album, which was self-released last year and has now been re-mixed and re-mastered via Vox Humana Records, is mostly instrumental but for a few accompanying vocal incantations, and feverishly combines jazz, doom and psychedelics in an exultant crash of otherworldly sounds.
Old Growth opens with "Deth," a shimmery ambient track that gives way to spaced-out atmospherics. It's structured in such a way that it swells until it reaches its crescendo, a mode that the band employ throughout the record's six tracks, interweaving the songs so that it's difficult to tell where one begins and another ends. The harrowing rumbles and sharp feedback on "Gorge," for example, prompt stomach-knotting trepidation before easing back into gentle pangs of lo-fi guitar and angelic harmonies on the title track. Year of Glad continue to ride the dreamy wave through to the concluding portion of the album, with monumental vocals woven throughout the haze of "Blythe" and "Swim."
Symphonically arranged and dynamically executed, Old Growth is an epic that has the capacity to fully sweep you far, far away. Close your eyes; let it. (Vox Human Records)