Strings Of Consciousness - Our Moon Is Full
Modern technology has had profound effects on the creation of music and the formation of musical groups, no doubt. One of the more obvious benefits of our present world-wide connection is the ease in which musicians can find each other based on whatever criteria. Strings Of Consciousness were formed originally as a string quintet but, by the power of the internet and determination, they've accumulated quite the roster and now stand as a 9-piece with various collaborators from across the globe. Our Moon Is Full is their debut release, and due out on the 17th of this month (September).
With such a deep scope of inspiration and experience brought in from the cast, it's not surprising to hear about 1,000 different types of musical expression across this attention-demanding LP. A sound is created that falls somewhere between an indie movie soundtrack and Mogwai-like electric rock. It would take far too long to go into all of the individual performances, as a different vocalist is used on almost every track and the instruments that show up vary from strings to various pieces of percussion, synths and tape loops. Each song must have been a laborous process to put together, as sounds layered upon sounds end up in a harmonious swirl that engages rather than engulfs the listener. I would venture to call Strings Of Consciousness a post-rock band, but that's only touching the tip of their musical iceberg.
All the songs on Our Moon Is Full are well written and, despite a little dragging close to the end, I have nothing negative to report. If you're not afraid of alot of experimentation, and alot of different sounds fusing together into one, Strings Of Consciousness might just be for you. If you're proud to have albums by Mogwai, GY!BE and similar artists in your collection, Our Moon Is Full would make an excellent purchase.
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