The Appleseed Cast
January 4th, 2010
Not Yet Rated
"As The Little Things Go"
Appleseed Cast have been around for over a decade now, pleasing just
about everyone that is a fan of post-rock as well as fans of
atmospheric alternative indie rock. It’s a perfect blend between
intricate instrumentation without any vocals and singing with pop
elements to help bring you back to something that is somewhat catchy
and recognizable. Or in some cases...this might help keep you from
falling asleep. The Appleseed Cast have always been my favorite
“nighttime” band because their music is chill, its explosive, it’s
beautiful, it’s trancelike. Drifting off to sleep to this band always
puts me in a good mood when I wake up.
Sagarmartha is no exception.
It’s a little less straight forward, epic, and atmospheric from their
previous albums, but it makes up for this with some more
experimentation and different mood settings. A song like “Raise the
Sails” starts dreary, grungy, low tempo, with lots of delay. It
quickly drifts off into underwater synths and bells that come up for
air with a beautiful guitar part and new rhythm, synth, and bells that
really paint just that picture of gasping for air after being thrown
overboard at sea. It’s perfect, simple, carefully choreographed
moments like these that take years of practice, experimentation and
song writing. They nailed it on this one. Other more straightforward
songs like “The Summer Before” also have the more catchy pop elements
to it. This song does to me just like it’s title implies, it reminds
me of summer and one of my favorite places on earth, Arizona. They
know their shit. They know how to put you in exact, specific moods
without so much as saying a word outside the title of the song.
Each song is different, none of them sound the same, albeit if you put
this record on in the background while you’re doing something...they
will all blend together. I love artists like that. You can put it in
the background and talk/work over it easily, or crank it up and really
listen to just how intricate this stuff is. If you’re looking for a
rock track, throw on “South Col.” If you’re looking for my favorite
track...God bless the first track, “As The Little Things Go.” It is
most like classic Appleseed Cast. Very similar to Explosions in the
Sky or something you’d hear on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack.
Stuff that makes you feel like crying when all you’re doing is sitting
there drinking Mountain Dew like a standard fool. It’s music that
transcends conventional beauty. If you’re a diehard music fan...shit
man, you can’t go wrong this band or this album.