by / September 17th, 2014 /

This Will Destroy You – Another Language

 3/5 Rating

(Suicide Squeeze)

In the canon of great instrumental rock albums, This Will Destroy You’s eponymous debut album from 2008 stands out as one of the most intriguing. On it, the four-piece from San Marcos, Texas refined yet reinvigorated the post-rock template without sounding too derivative, adding layers of tension and genuine emotion between the slabs of noise. Sadly, 2011’s disappointing follow-up Tunnel Blanket sounded desperately unfocused, failing to capture what it was that made them such a commanding presence in the first place.

Luckily, Another Language can just about be described as a return-to-form, if never quite scaling the heights of their debut record. If anything, it finds the band veering away from the loud-quiet-loud formula of post-rock, instead moving deeper in ambient soundscapes, even coming perilously close to chill-out territory. On ‘New Topia’, ‘Serpent Mound’ and ‘Invitation’ they balance the moody, airless atmospherics with liberating guitars to great effect.

Other tracks veer into Stars of the Lid-type moments where guitars lie mostly idle, as on closing track ‘God’s Teeth’. When the loud pay-offs do come they don’t outstay their welcome. Another Language is the sound of a band tentatively exploring new territories within instrumental music but it also feels like a work in progress. The best, hopefully, is yet to come.

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