Here’s something new. Named after a wilderness trail in remote Alaska – recommended for best experiencing the Northern Lights – comes Sheffield based post-rock quartet Gilmore Trail, and their new album, The Floating World. Released on Monday 18th May via Chasmata Records, the album is a beautifully haunting instrumental effort.
A quote from BBC Introducing when discussing this band states that “When you become disheartened with music, it’s nice to know there are bands out there that can totally reaffirm your faith in it,” and I can imagine no better way to describe this album. The record has a remarkably intense post-rock feel to it, with influences drawn from the likes of Pink Floyd and Mogwai.
The record opens with ‘Memories of Redfern’. The track begins with a collection of oceanic sounds, gently fading into an instrumental piano track. In the background, the silence is filled with electric guitars as they fade in with harmonic riffs and a plethora of symbols, eventually gaining momentum before fading back out towards the end.
‘Waveless Shore’ brings in steady beats with a stunning collective of harmonic guitars, reminiscent of various instrumental tracks by the Cure, while ‘Ballard Down’ takes on a darker approach, reaching into the depths of Disintegration. Each track blends perfectly into the next, but if you listen to any single tracks on this album, make sure that it’s these one.
‘Shifting Sands’ is the most interesting track on The Floating World. Delicately balancing on the fine line between romantic and sad, you never know what to expect; there are moments of soft, blended guitars and heavier moments of quick-paced drum beats on and off throughout the track. ‘Origins’, however, holds on to that softer, sadder, almost heart-breaking side.
The record closes with ‘Dusk’, and you can almost feel the word ‘ending’ in this track. From beginning to end, this record is clearly like nothing we’ve heard before. In a music industry full of pop-minded artists and terrible records, it’s an incredibly refreshing to hear something so heartbreakingly honest – even without a single word.
The truly impressive thing about this record, however, is the fact that the band only consists of four members. For a piece of music this intense, and this beautiful, you’d almost expect an entire orchestra. But Sam, Dave, Danny and Joe manage to bring a vast array of talented musicianship into this album, marking it as a high contender for the album of the year.