Across Tundras – Sage
Growing up, we went to Yellowstone quite a bit and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world. It’s full of geysers, rivers, waterfalls, animals and all kinds of natural wonders, but what I’ve always loved the most is the openness of it all. Sitting outside our cabin in the crisp clean air with the sound of the wind rustling the leaves, everything seems so vast. Listening to the album “Sage” by Across Tundras, I get a similar feeling. Their music is so open and expansive, and the sound is huge. There’s an airiness about it that allows the notes to drift along throughout the music, similar to the wind rustling the trees.
I was aware of the band and have some of their previous releases, but truth be told, I haven’t really been that impressed by them. I’ve always thought they had potential, but they just were missing something. On “Sage”, they finally found whatever it was they were missing and it is undeniably their best album to date.
The music is rooted in post-rock but with some heavy drone and Americana elements. Vibe wise, there is a similarity between “Sage” and Earth’s “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light” but musically, “Sage” is a little more up-tempo with a western/Morricone soundtrack sound that is influenced by “Ghost Rider…” era Johnny Cash. This sound combined with the lyrics that focus on western/cowboy themes, creates a pretty unique sound
The band recently signed to Neurot and they fit perfectly within that roster. They have the heaviness of a Neurosis with the Americana vibe of Steve von Till’s and Scott Kelly’s solo work, as well as the psychedelic doom of a U.S. Christmas; but all filtered through their own visions of a western soundtrack.
“Sage” is out on May 17, 2011 on Neurot Records.