Moon Gravity – Antarctica
Moon Gravity delves into shimmering drone landscapes on the expansive “Antarctica”. Within their sprawling tracks, Moon Gravity lets post-rock and grunge combine into an elaborate ornate whole. Throughout the collection heartfelt melodies drift by full of a stately grace. By taking their time Moon Gravity allows the sound to unfurl resulting in unexpected bursts of beauty. Attention to detail adds to their overall feeling of constantly seeing the strange and uncertain. Guitar gestures have a loose, emotional quality to them for they refuse to adhere to traditional structure. Keeping everything unique and surprising allows the sound to fully sculpt itself into something overpowering.
Hushed in tone is the opener, the soothing lullaby of “Nightfall”. Glorious vocals adorn the song merging perfectly with the droning guitar work. The many layers interact and in fact intersect into a streaming consciousness sound. Easily the highlight of the album is the ambitious work of “Snowstorm”. Beginning with mere wisps of sound, the song’s patience is a virtue. Gradually the piece comes into focus, becoming ever larger and more potent with each reiteration. Over the course of the track the song aims for the sky and lands amongst the stars, with the sound taking on a spaced-out, sky-gazing orientation. With “Purpling” Moon Gravity ends things with a yearning feeling. Vast walls of sound crash down on the listener, while the angular guitar work offers an anchor of sort. Ending the album “Purpling” aptly embodies all that came before it.
With “Antarctica” Moon Gravity taps into an ancient, almost Gregorian, kind of spirit.