Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The ThawRelease: 2005
Label: Hydra Head Records
Pelican comes from Chicago. "The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw" is their new release after the great "Australasia" which was released in 2004 a bit later than the "Untitled" EP.
The music of Pelican is based on transcendental and dreamy feelings which are suddenly twisted into prog-like waves. Coloured by ambitious swings of melodies. Swallowed by uncalculable crushing riffs. Melted through wonderful accoustic guitars.
There are many aerial and subaquatic moods of strong and melancholic atmospheres on this attitude filled album. It's impossible to enumerate them all.
Since the beginning of Pelican's flight, there is no need to dissect or understand any lyrics. Pelican is THE wicked instrumental band. With no singer and no need of one.
If you like bands in the vein of Isis, Impure Wilhelmina, Neurosis etc., be sure to check them out.
'Last Day Of Winter' is the first track on the album. There is an adventurous progressive sensation on this track, and it is just great, the song closes with nice melodic accoustic guitar.
The next track, 'Autumn Into Summer' is introverted and mellow, filled with beautiful melancholic melodies. The tempo gets louder in the middle of the track with some great guitar play.
'March Into the Sea' follows. The drumming is compact and well played, the wall of guitars is huge. A strange feeling lurks during the whole track.
Track number four is untitled, it has as written before, no vocals but is as strong as the other tracks already heard or that will follow. Some special effects appear here or there.
On 'Red Ran Amber' something heavy but aerial is being build up, it's a whole book of mystery. A very imaginative track which can extract some words... from you.
The gap between earth and heaven is immense, and filling out that gap and almost touching the heights, is what 'Aurora Borealis' does. Melodious and dreamy notes running for five minutes.
The last track is 'Sirius', clear and clean notes ring around. Then, it gets thicker, very melodious, it runs deeper, breaks into something darker and fades out with a hope.
I saw once Larry Herweg, Bryan Herweg, Trevor De Brauw and Laurent Lebec play live and since then, every album brings the feeling of seeing them playing live in front of you... Take a listen.