Epic Rain is an Icelandic band, featuring five members. The band name revolves around the mood of the landscape of where the band members hail from. It speaks of the soft and harsh terrain of Iceland depicting the shifting extremities of lights and darks. But perhaps more than the setting, the band moniker reflects the mood of the music, which curtails from evocative and haunting in a blink of an eye. There is also definitely a luminosity to the music. Evoking soundscapes that spin shadowy moods and shifting lights, Epic Rain’s ten-track album entitled All Things Turn To Rust assails with cinematic melancholy-tinged melodies that beckon with an inner spark. This inner spark is what draw listeners, like a moth to a flame.
Epic Rain starts building the songs from the ground up. Each song usually starts with something like a synth look or bass line and they start building on top of that. A lot of stuff ends up thrown out or might become the building blocks for another song. The band says that the music comes first then the lyrics.
All Things Turn To Rust opens up with “Lumaclad Reflector” that starts off to a simple piano melody that paves the start of this track. Synths create an ambient backdrop in the background. The strings are plucked in a staccato tempo. The sound is tantalizing. Next, the keys provide for an energized soundscape. This is a pure instrumental interlude that is striking and startling and grows in sound as the song progresses. An atmospheric cadence pervades. This is a moody and melancholic piece.
Following is “Distortion of Reality,” where fuzzed out guitar rhythms fills this song. A spoken word performance comes in full circle on this track. The poetry performance is dynamic and provocative. Lush strings underline the gamut of this song. A smattering of drums dance in and out of this track. The sound of the piano is also interlaced throughout. The guitars give off some monotonous rhythms.
On “Apart,” a stormy build up could be felt toward the start of this track. It feels like something ominous is on the forefront. Spoken word vocals are spewed out in this dark landscape. Melancholic keys trickle in.
On the closer, “Trading Secrets,” gloomy synths start off this song. Haunting sounds rip across the backdrop of this track. Another spoken word piece is executed. The eerie music in the background is appropriate for the poetry performance which is equally haunting and moody.
The themes to this album are often dark. According to the band, “The lyrics describe in picturesque detail persons, their thoughts and actions in an insecure and menacing world, often illustrating a bleak reality.” The record reads like a dystopian novel with its desolate outlook and gloomy façade. Clad with melody-driven piano-based compositions attired in retro-inspired synths, monotonous guitar rhythms and lush strings, All Things Turn To Rust is a cohesive album that contains movements and forecasts like a symphonic score. The buildup is momentous and what you get is a startling product. Be sure you have a listen today!
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