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Basically, its ok. If I were to mark it /10 I would give it 5. Its pleasant, it would work well as a film score, maybe in something like Into The Wild or Lost In Translation, but as an album I’m not sure it works. The mixture of electronics and live instruments is reminiscent of Port-Royal (from Italy as well, coincidentally) and well executed. Gullotti has also chosen a nice selection of instruments to complement the tasteful beats; with piano, glockenspiel, guitar, strings… a pretty standard instrumentation for instrumental shoegaze/post-rock.
However, it just doesn’t have enough hooks or discernable melodies to keep me interested for 50 minutes. The album seemed to pass at a monotonous pace, without climaxing or progressing very much. To be fair, the 12 tracks are referred to as soundscapes, so maybe the ambience, and dare I say, dullness of it is intended.
I’ve posted this, despite not being a massive fan, because Mr. Gullotti still deserves a mention and many of you may very well disagree with me. Have a listen and judge for yourselves: amberhaze.bandcamp.com/
I’m keen to hear what he does next; it certainly sounds like he could do something amazing some day.
We at Cinematic Music would like to congratulate them and give The Quiet Lamb the much sought after award of:
CINEMATIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
After numerous EPs and splits, the first real full-length album by HNIC has raised the bar and set a new standard for what this band can do. The Quiet Lamb possesses all the tasteful minimalism of previous material whilst retaining an extremely rich tapestry of sonic textures, and what truly makes this album special is how seamlessly and consistently it weaves from track to track, taking you from one end of the spectrum of human emotions to another.
I’ve noticed that many other bloggers have said similar things, and I believe we may need to brace ourselves for the next Sigur Rós. HNIC seem to have fully developed their unique sound and channeled it through these 12 pieces which present themselves as a barrage of simplistic grandiosity. I reference Sigur Rós because what they created was outstanding unique music which was still accessible to a wide range of listeners- and HNIC have captured that essence and applied it to their sound.
As Cinematic Album of the Year, if you’re a regular visitor to this blog and haven’t yet heard The Quiet Lamb, you must get hold of a copy right away.