1. Helder Pedro Moreira by The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon
2. The Fog by The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon
3. No Return by God Is An Astronaut
4. Far From Refuge by God Is An Astronaut
I was familiar with God Is An Astronaut, but I had never heard of the Italian band The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon. Both of these two (instrumental) post-rock bands teamed up for a limited 12″ vinyl. The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon takes the first half of this release. And even though they can’t top the contributions by God Is An Astronaut, they are doing a very respectable job. Of course there is room for growth but you can hear they have every intention of only getting better and better. They give everything they have and their 2 songs are a little rough around the edges but give them some time, and they will be known by many people, not just in Italy, but far over the borders. God Is An Astronaut is an established post-rock band that brings you a musical experience filled with brilliance. Too bad these songs were previously released already, but still, you now they are available on vinyl.
Helder Pedro Moreira
The first song, named after the Portuguese artist who made the cover art, has some sort of vocals haunting throughout parts of the song. I like the parts without vocals better, and I wonder if the song would come out better without vocals at all. When you listen adequately you can hear it’s cleverly composed but in the back of my head this little voice keeps telling me I miss something. The Mantra.. is trying their best and Helder.. is a promising song, but I feel they could have done more with it.
The Fog is the 2nd contribution by The Mantra.. and I must admit that I really like this track. I like how it builds up and how it ‘explodes’. I wasn’t a big fan of the voice samples that were mixed into the track. At times they were confusing and distracted me from the quality of the actual music. The Fog is definitely a very strong (instrumental) post-rock song and shows that The Mantra.. has a lot going for them. So with time I expect to hear more from them, and I expect to be impressed.
God Is An Astronaut previously released this song as a digital download, and even though I haven’t listened to it very much, I remember hearing it before. God Is An Astronaut are excellent guids throughout this musical journey they have cooked up for us. Everything falls together quite nicely and the music slowly crawls into your head and nestles down. And once it found its place it’ll take you by surprise, time and time again. There literally is No Return after getting infected by this brilliant band’s music.
Far From Refuge
Far From Refuge has also been released before, and although I’ve been a fan of God Is A Refuge for awhile, I never quite could get into this song. It’s one of those songs I keep being tossed up about. There are parts in it that I think are sheer brilliance, but there are also parts in it where I get lost. It may be just me, but this song just feels like one big moodswing. Ask me in the morning and I’ll tell you I love it, and ask me at 6pm and I’ll tell you it’s okay. So yeah, I can’t really decide what I really think of this song. It’s great or it’s alright, you decide for yourself.
The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon, who take charge of the first half of this album are an up and coming band from Italy that shows a great deal of potential and their songs are definitely inspirational. There are some minor points of criticism but they should not let themselves down over that, because I feel that if they keep working on it, there’s success ahead for them. God Is An Astronaut contribute the 2nd half of this vinyl and as always they come up with brilliant musicianship and they hit you right on target with well-aimed shots of clever composing and excellent performances. This “Split” offers you a sneak peek into two bands that are very much worth listening to. It’s not music that you brainlessly consume, but clever music that you need to give time to let it sink in and take you over. It’s more of an experience than anything else, a journey if you will. If you really try, you will see that this music has a certain depth that is worth taking the effort for. And although there are some things that could be better, well, there’s no such thing as perfection, is there?