Hello there! Like my partners in crime, I am here to share my favorite music releases of 2013. I have listened to an ungodly amount of music this year and out of what I had a chance to listen to, these thirty albums/EPs/etc stuck with me well after my first listen. It’s not just heavy music either! I know you don’t care about my opinion, nobody should, but you may find something worth listening to in the following list. Here goes nothing!
Pelican guitarist Trevor de Brauw has described the Chicagoan quartet’s fifth full length record, Forever Becoming, as being “a lot darker, depressive, and angry” on the whole. de Brauw seemed to attribute this to the departure of founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec and the band’s continuing without him. The inner restructuring of the band and addition of a new guitarist was a stressful time for the band initially. But continuing on and reshaping Pelican may have been one of the band’s smartest moves; one listen to Forever Becoming should tell you. The material is heavier on the whole than it has been since the band’s earlier, rawer days. But with this heaviness comes a newfound sense of expansiveness and sonic storytelling. de Brauw mentioned that Pelican was more focused on writing songs with a narrative and I believe they achieve just that. The songs on Forever Becoming each possess its own auditory journey that has exciting twists and turns and ultimately arrives at a satisfying conclusion.
The mighty Pelican are streaming their fifth full length record Forever Becoming in advance over at Pitchfork. The album officially comes out on October 15th via Southern Lord but if you follow the link above to Pitchfork, you can get ravished by instrumental supremacy early. Pelican’s albums keep get progressively better and Forever Becoming is no exception. Go check it out right now if you know what is good for you.
The hype and anticipation for Pelican‘s new album is growing and growing. I know as it gets closer, Lane and I are both getting anxious to hear it. Of course, seeing as it IS Pelican, it is sure to be incredible. You can also tell just a teensy bit how awesome this will be by checking out the trailer for the album after the jump.
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Pelican’s highly anticipated fifth full length and follow up to 2009′s What We All Come to Need, Forever Becoming, is nearing its arrival. The instrumental quartet have provided us with “Immutable Dusk” and “Deny the Absolute” to get us licking our chops for more. Now Pelican are hyping up the record even more by premiering yet another new song over at Noisey. This new track is the melodic yet crushing “The Cliff”. It begins with a gigantic bass line accompanied by echoing, ethereal guitars before launching into a triumphant post-metal stampede. As the band progresses toward its final moments, Pelican continue to add layers of atmosphere and gorgeous, chilling guitars on top. Enough of my blabbering! You can stream the new track after the jump.
Forever Becoming will be released on October 19th via Southern Lord. Pre-order your copy at this location.
Though the band have released an alternate version of this track on their most recent 7″ on The Mylene Sheath, NPR are streaming the version of “Deny the Absolute” that will appear on Forever Becoming (October 15th). You can check it out by following the link above to NPR and you can stream the 7″ version after the break. Be warned, it brings the riffs.
Photo by Fred Pessaro
Invisible Oranges have premiered the new music video for Pelican’s track “Lathe Biosas”, which comes from their Ataraxia/Taraxis EP of last year. In between shots of the band playing the video shows the dreams of our protagonist, whose dreams include images of nature and society, a stalking eyeless woman and Jacob’s Ladder inspired seizure like head shakes! It’s pretty odd but enjoyable. You can view the video after the jump and be on the look out for Pelican’s new LP, Forever Becoming, which is out on October 15th.
Pelican will release their first full length album since 2009′s What We All Come to Need this year on October 15th through Southern Lord. The album will be entitled Forever Becoming and will be the first Pelican record to feature new guitarist Dallas Thomas. The new album will feature the following track listing:
Pelican are hard at work on their fifth full length album, but they are ready to give you a taste of what to come. The Mylene Sheath will be releasing a limited edition 7″ featuring two alternate takes of two tracks from the upcoming full length. Those will include a polished demo of “Deny the Absolute” and an acoustic number entitled “The Truce”. The 7″ will be limited to 2000 copies via mail order and will be available on the band’s upcoming European tour. The label is aiming for an August release date according to their newsletter. More information regarding purchasing and what not will be released within the following weeks.
Fan filmed footage captured the instrumental metal titans Pelican performing a new song at this past weekend’s Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore, MD. The audio quality of the following video isn’t the best but it is good enough for you to get the gist of this sludgy, brooding beast. The band plan on entering the studio next month to begin tracking their fifth studio album, which they plan to have hit store shelves this Fall. Check out the performance after the jump.
By Lane Oliver
It’s always somewhat of a mixed blessing when you start getting into a band only to find out that they are no longer active; especially when that band is as good as this one. I am referring to a band I literally got into just yesterday, Teith. Teith were an experimental and instrumental rock band whose roster notably includes Trevor de Brauw of Pelican. The band posthumously released their first and last full length record, Humboldt Park, yesterday and after jamming it a couple of times the anxious desire to hear more crept up inside me. Teith were onto something very promising with their unique sound and Humboldt Park can attest to that.
Though the band has now parted ways, the experimental rock outfit, Teith, have left us with a nice parting gift. The band released their long delayed debut full length, Humboldt Park, today digitally and on vinyl through Migration Media. The band, which notably features Trevor De Brauw of Pelican, combines a plethora of different sounds that are drawn from the likes of noise rock, indie pop, post-rock, post-hardcore, electronica and more. The album can be streamed below and can be purchased digitally with a “name your price” option. So what are you waiting for?
We here at American Aftermath are readying our very own year end lists, to be unleashed this Friday. We have asked some friends and musicians to submit their very own Best of 2012 List, which we will be posting throughout the week and here we go. Read on to find out what members of Pelican, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Black Anvil, Bone Dance and A Fucking Elephant were jamming to this year.