Review: Seismic drone and progressive rock specialists Earth return with their first studio album in some five years, It's both "Datura's Crimson Veils" and "She Rides An Air Of Malevolence" that, as would be hoped for on an Earth album, goes the distance in reminding us just how brooding and journeysome an extended instrumental with them can be. With "Descending Belladonna" stemming from a live project of soundtrack work too, the album itself is full of cinematic quality. Break downs, vamps and progressions add all manner of drama to compositions in tracks like "An Unnatural Carousel" and "The Mandrake's Hymn", with the LP overall delivering the very the best in monolithic basslines, crashing Zildjian cymbals and distorted guitars of epic rock and refrained minimalism.
Review: Where were you seven years ago? School? High school? College? First job? Last job? Whatever the answer it's certainly not the same place as Efterklang were, and still are. The Danish trio have never been of this world, yet give us so many opportunities to consider the emotion and passion this world offers. The first album to be fully written in their native tongue accentuates those qualities - dreamy soundscapes, different and decidedly bewitching intonation. It's an epic journey, with the likes of "Uden Ansigt" among the most epic, like Bon Iver's vocals slow dancing with the soaring instrumentation of Sigur Ros. "Havet Lofter Sig" ups the beauty, fittingly on the shortest track - gentle pianos, unnaturally pitched backing voices and baritone lead creating real yearning, proving nothing great lasts forever. Or longer than a couple of minutes. Cutting to the chase, it's a mesmerising work you're sure to have on repeat.