Album Review

Caverns

Caverns

by Into Orbit


Independent
9 / 10
27th August 2014

Reviewed by Ricardo Kerr


Once in a rare while a band while come along whose name is so descriptive of their sound you simply cannot imagine any other moniker standing for what they do. To this end, introducing Wellington's Into Orbit.

Ian Moir and Paul Stewart have emerged from the primordial ooze that is the capital city and they have made a statement of intent with their debut record, Caverns. It is a breath-taking slice of instrumental post-rock that will leave you spaced out beyond belief. The real attraction of this record are the hypnotic sequences buried among the songs that project you out into the farthest reaches of the known universe. 'Set Adrift' couldn't be a more appropriate name for the song it belongs to if it had been written in Martian.

Stewart's echoing guitar casts you out into the abyss before Moir's powerhouse percussion brings you hurtling back to Earth. The stomping grind of 'Towers' tries to establish some structure, only for the sparse coda to let it all crumble away again. These pieces go beyond being something as simple as songs - they are monoliths of sound. The heavy passages are enthralling and the quiet moments leave you hanging on in anticipation of the next eruption. With Caverns, Into Orbit have possibly made the best debut Kiwi record of 2014.






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