Pelican The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw on 180g 2LP
It seems fitting, upon listening to Pelican's music, that the band hails from Chicago. When Tortoise and their contemporaries ushered in a new wave of instrumental music over a decade ago it was a pastiche of genre-defying sound, simultaneously cohesive and expansive in influence. Similarly, Pelican's songs touch on so much from the canon of rock music.
When the quartet's first full length, Australasia, came out in late 2003, it was an experiment in crushing heaviness, albeit melodic and compositionally complex that set them apart from their contemporaries. The songs excelled in exploring layers: where there were glacier-thick walls of guitars, there were also shifts and nuances that gave the songs room to breathe.
These nuances became even more pronounced on Pelican's 2005 sophomore album, The Fire in our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw. Pegged early on as a “metal” band, it was with this second full length that it became apparent that this label was an oversimplification as the group had more in common with Slint and Hum than Slayer.
Acoustic guitars take their place beside the group's traditional highly amplified power-droning and awe-inspiring instrumental anthems. Whether it signaled the end of the underground musical landscape as we knew it, or the beginning of a new one is anyone's guess. Luckily, it rules either way.
The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw is finally back in press on 180 gram double LP courtesy of Hydra Head Records. Housed in an old-school style heavyweight gatefold jacket printed on reflective metallic stock.
Pelican The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw Track Listing:
1. Last Day of Winter
2. Autumn Into Summer
3. March to the Sea
1. Red Ran Amber
2. Aurora Borealis