Amp Rive – Irma Vep 7.5
gentle album. The crescendos employed are carefully arranged. Distorted
elements remain somewhat underused on the songs. For the most part the sound is
crystal clear. Little gets in the way of the guitars intermingling with each
other. Rarely are any other sounds involved in the album.
opens up with a slight 60s flavor. This is due to the electronic organ which
churns away as the rest of the band slowly catches up. It remains one of the
few times where an element other than guitar or drums takes center stage.
Eventually the organ is mixed deep into the rest of the song almost completely
disappearing. ‘Clouded Down’ the longest track on the album owes a huge debt to
those post-rock pillars ‘Explosions in the Sky’. Right down to the gradually
unfolding melodies this remains one of the highlights of the album. It’s sweet.
It builds itself up. Plus the pacing on this track is particularly good along
with the quieter flourishes they offer. Here the guitars work together to soar
rather than offer one single aspect of the sound. With this approach their work
of post-rock which states ‘group play’ above all else, following the Tortoise
creed of work. Amp Rive remains committed to this vision through the album. ‘Irma
Rep’ is a sweet gentle album that slowly grows on the listener. Uniformity is important
for their aesthetic. And with their strict disciplined playing they are able to
create an album that’s both memorable and casual.