God Is An Astronaut

No mínimo surpreendente o álbum (The end of the beginning) que encontrei por aqui perdido no meu disco, sem nunca lhe ter prestado a atenção devida.
Os God is an Astronaut estiveram na 6ª-feira em Lisboa e ontem (sábado) na casa das artes em Famalicão… aqui tão perto… descobri um dia tarde demais…

Retirado do site da banda:

Epic Instrumental band “God is an Astronaut” are a three piece from Dublin, Ireland.
They formed in early 2002 and released their debut album “The End of the Beginning” in March 2003 on their own Revive Records label.

Their two video singles “The End of the Beginning” and “From Dust to the Beyond” received airplay on MTV U.K. and other MTV European networks.

“All is Violent, All is Bright” is God is an Astronaut’s second album.
This album trademarks their colossal build ups from serene ambience to searing intensity.
Considered by many as the most intense live act to emerge from Ireland in recent times due to their controversial audio/visual shows,
this album is a closer representation of their live sound.

Their single “Fragile” from the new album has also gotten plays on MTV2 U.K.’s 120 minute show and MTV’s “The Comedown” show.

The band will continue to push their own brand of music across the globe into 2005 and beyond.

Aqui encontra-se uma boa review deste álbum:

God is an Astronaut sounds like a band name that would belong to a three chord garage band from America, rather than a dreamy chill-out lo-fi threepiece from Dublin. It’s not ‘dancey’ enough to be called dance music, and yet while dabbling generously in electronica at times, it offers a much fuller sound than the brittle sparsity and atmospheric minimalism we’ve come to expect from the genre. What we get in return is a much more melodic and immediate record. Title track, The End of the Beginning, weighs in with a swirling ethereal opening before it’s direction is pinned down by throbbing beats and a melodic guitar line.

The stunning Coda is built around a near post-rock guitar motif, while Remembrance follows a similar outline; although this time God is an Astronaut choose piano as the glue to paste their ambient layers together. Point Pleasure is possibly the highlight, changing direction to a fervent interlude midway through which completely alters the track. Route 666 is closer to the more digitised glitchy electronica that’s fashionable at the moment, but it’s still couched in heavy beats and a great rhythm, while closing track Lost Symphony clings to a subtle and brooding bass-line.

At times it echoes The Human League, and once or twice it soaks up the heady dub rush of Massive Attack, and the solar landscapes on the new UNKLE album. Indeed, you get the feeling on some tracks like Point Pleasure and the intro of Fall from the Stars that very serious attention has been paid to the likes of Blue Lines and Protection when writing up their list of creative influences. Intrinsically though, God is an Astronaut sound like something that hasn’t come out of Dublin in a long time, and based on their debut, the city and it’s music fans should be grateful that we don’t have to wait any longer.

Agora vou ouvir com atenção o outro álbum da banda “All is violent, all is bright”.

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