Instrumental music, or post-rock if you really want to use labels, always creates a problem for the bands that produce it. By sheer virtue of the nature of the music they make, these bands will most likely be instantly compared to Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, et al. But as a fan of this genre, I’d gladly argue each band has its own identity. Granted, I was drawn to Immovable Objects because over the course of their latest album, I recognised hints of Explosions, Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, And So I Watch You From Afar, and even the Appleseed Cast.
By no means did this hinder my enjoyment, however. ‘I’ll Know to Believe in Sparrows’ is an epic journey where each track blends seamlessly into the next, with a cyclical nature both musically and in the song titles.
The track titles reference emotions and states such as ‘courage’, ‘liberty’ and ‘dependence’, and it’s completely apt that the music evokes a wide range of emotions as well. Each track builds from a single melody into a wall of sound, diverting along the way into introspective or reflective sections.
It’s quite refreshing that, despite the fact there are three guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, there’s no insistence on all instruments playing at all times. Often the crashing music will subside to allow a single guitar to take the spotlight and walk the listener through a smaller part of the song. It’s engaging, emotive and thoroughly satisfying to listen to the whole disc in one sitting. The final track even has strings and trumpet, and it completely lifts an already wonderful, positive song.
Yes, there are parts of the album (such as ‘From Courage to Liberty’) where you might try and play ‘spot the post-rock band reference’, but I’d challenge you to find any piece of contemporary music that hasn’t been similarly done before somewhere either in full or in part. And that’s not the point.
This is instrumental music of the highest quality; it is intelligent, evocative and rewarding, which is always something that should be appreciated when a band has the ability to create such a beautiful record as ‘I’ll Know to Believe in Sparrows’.
Posted by Joe Purse.