Black Atlantic – Reverence For Fallen Trees
Dutch indie band Black Atlantic releases the album “Reverence for Fallen Trees”. This is their first full-length after they released an interesting and impressive EP a few years back. The band has been trying, and to a point succeeding, to create international appeal. With tours in the US, Netherlands and Germany and a good range of connections in the field, they manage to reach out to fans all over the world.
“Reverence For The Fallen Trees” contains 10 songs that have a very subtle, almost minimalistic feel. The intimacy and personality is what makes the songs so special. Sometimes you would feel like something is missing or that you would like to hear a little more ‘kick’ or ‘punch’ in the songs. But that really isn’t the case with this album. Things fall into place, the intimate vocals and subtle arrangements create a certain connectivity in the songs that is not only impressive but simply beautiful.
I could go into detail for every single song on the album, but this album feels as a whole, so I would like to judge it as a whole. From the intro track Baiulus to the closer I Shall Cross This River, the album provides for a musical journey that is comforting, challenging, intriguing, relaxing and curious all at the same time. For what is officially a debut album, this is of a very high quality. It’s music you can feel, music you can be touched by. While there is a vast pool of talented musicians and bands out there, it still is a pleasant surprise to me when I come across a band that has a certain quality that makes them stand out. For me, Black Atlantic displays that kind of quality.
While I’m not going to go track by track, I would like to point out two stand out songs on this album: the folky Madagascar, which was released as a single before. It has a very impressive build up and maybe a little more of a richer sound than most of the other tracks on the album. The other song I would like to specifically mention is An Ocean And Peril, which is one of those rare songs where the sound and mood of the song perfectly reflects an image that makes the song makes sense. When you listen to this song, you can just feel it’s right.
I would recommend “Reverence For Fallen Trees” to everyone who enjoys pure and honest music. You can listen to it for free on the band’s Bandcamp. You can also purchase it there on a ‘name your price’ basis. Be sure to give this band a listen and if you are as excited about this band as I am, make sure to spread the word and purchase their music.