Friday, October 20, 2017

Recommendation: To Destroy A City - Go Mirage

Band: To Destroy A City
Album: Go Mirage
Label: n5md
Year: 2017

01. Final Kiss
02. Never To Return
03. Beholder
04. Glance
05. Wavelength
06. She Knows
07. Go Mirage
08. Don't Be Afraid
09. Vanishing Point
Streaming / Buy

"Go Mirage" is the 3rd full-length album from Chicago cinematic-rock trio To Destroy A City. This follow-up to 2014's post-rock paragon "Sunless" has an added immediacy due to the soaring nature of guitarist Michael Marshall's step toward the mic. Yes... There are vocals! Post-rock for the most part, has mainly utilized vocals as a texture or afterthought. Yet, To Destroy A City have adeptly included vocals into their cinematic tapestries with ease, and in the process added another layer of melody, modesty, and a surprising sense of hope to their already affecting guitar-driven compositions. There is an air of instant gratification with "Go Mirage". It seems to push you forward to the next horizon, much as its title might suggest. Idealists might bark that To Destroy A City can't continue to fly the post-rock flag with such a vocalic album. The enlightened will find that the addition of vocals places the band as contemporaries to artists such as Caspian, Mogwai, and Album Leaf which have effectively used vocals as key components in their music.


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