Capture the Sun‘s Terra Ignota is an album that speaks for the genre of post-rock and progressive, ambient music in a poetic and artistically refined way. The sound across the entire spectrum of this record will appeal to fans from progressive, groove-oriented audiences to the listeners that just want to sit back and enjoy a dreamscape of, as the band describe it, post-music. Terra Incognita‘s concept revolves around the creation of a planet and the way in which those lives, that culture, and the experiences of the depth of that concept flourish in a catharsis of realization.
A MASTERY OF THE ART OF THE POST SOUND
Behind the curtain that is Capture the Sun lies the extremely honest and forthcoming efforts of Kyle Hussey, James Hadley, Justin Hadley and Sean Edwards, straight from Portland, Maine (US). These guys deliver a sound that is a brush stroke of gentleness and subtlety combined with a technical ability that is to be truly admired. They may not immediately demonstrate their technical prowess but hold their own on tracks like “Helios” with a groovy melodicism akin to Scale the Summit.
The aptly named “Tabula Rasa” provides a blank canvas for the album to build from, allowing colors and contours to fill the sonic space as the record progresses. It may remind you a bit of Mogwai in its clear production and relaxed feel. As you make your way through the record, the tracks “Helios” and “Carving the Atmosphere” are reminiscent of the instrumentation of everything from more complex Scale the Summit to Corelia to some Explosions in the Sky.
Without a doubt, a standout track for me is found in “Cloudless” because of its surreal nature. The band takes you through a journey of colors and sound without over-complicating the track. “Orogenesis” and “Artificial Landscapes” will reveal an undercurrent of meaning behind the vessel that is their ‘planet’ in this concept; you will find what is without a doubt the evolution of band, and a sound that reveals growth and maturity. These songs have the feel of something truly joyful and emotionally visceral.
If at this point you haven’t felt the deserving A+ that should come from this record, wait until you listen to “The Methusela Tree”, followed by the title track “Terra Ignota”. The emotions are real, and these two tracks define both a growth period and a final chapter to the record.
Some songs, given their length, have a tendency to blur into one another. However, the group make up for the spaces and changes in direction with intricate and conceptual spoken word and instrumental interludes that are sheer deliciousness. I feel like this band deserves to have Terra Ignota kept in the catalog of well-written and established concept albums.
THE BEST MOMENTS
This album was mastered by the famed Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me). Unsurprisingly, these tracks are masterfully articulate in their flow and unity. There is something to be said in regards to the lively production of the album, but the tracking and delivery are at times rough around the edges. In our wall-of-sound, over-produced world of metal records, this lively, organic type of record is rare nowadays and it certainly delivers a memorable experience. This album was a compilation of masterfully labored ideas and a concept with conviction. It ends with what is clearly a flora and fauna of good riffs, great passages and even better texture. I felt something walking away from this record and it makes me long for more concepts in the future from Capture the Sun. Post-music is interesting in this light and has given me a chance to bear witness to a great record.
Notable Tracks: “Tabula Rasa”; “Helios”; “Carving the Atmosphere”, “Tides”; “Terra Ignota”
FFO: Russian Circles, Scale the Summit, Intronaut