A little over a month after our recent opening track premiere, we’re pleased to give you the entire stream of “Suspended in Reflections”, the second studio album from Los Angeles based progressive post rockers ANCESTORS!
For the better part of last three decades, we have been mapping the reach of the experimental and post rock / post metal spectrum and every year or so we experience at least a couple of spectacular offerings that transcend definitions of styles and represent a wholly unique mixture and a masterful demonstration of seemingly known sonic equations. “Suspended in Reflections“, the second LP from ANCESTORS play into the band’s growing melancholic reputation with grace, and is inspiring, epic and vital. If you’re interested in the tasteful amalgam of Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros, Neurosis, pg.lost, Stars Of The Lid, Hawkwind, King Crimson, and Om, then at the moment it’s hard to think of a better recommendation than ANCESTORS, who offered us the following commentary on the record:
“It’s been a long journey from the last album to here, for those that have been waiting for it we commend your patience and thank you for your support. We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the album in it’s entirety, which is altogether elevated experience to hearing the individual songs (or so we think).”
Los Angeles’ ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails slow, heavy riffs and atmospheric, melodic instrumental passages, exuding a deep sense of melancholy. Six years have passed since the band’s previous album, In Dreams and Time, which came at a transitional and difficult time in each of the band members’ lives. In those six years, the band has slimmed down from a 5-piece to a 3-piece, also adding drummer (Daniel Pouliot of HORSE THE BAND and ex- SILVER SNAKES) to their ranks. This lineup has onsciously taken their time in writing their 5th album. It was surely worth the wait: „Suspended in Reflections“ is a culmination of everything the band have accomplished thus far. It feels like ANCESTORS have finally arrived at their own,right place.
„I think that as songwriters we’ve grown exponentially over the past six years“, comments guitarist and vocalist Justin Maranga… „but the most important change was the removal of ego from the writing and recording process. We tried to step out from behind our respective instruments to write the best album we could. We made a beautiful record as a team.“
ANCESTORS‘ soundscapes are slow and vast, melancholic, dreamy and heavy, all at the same time: fertile soil for venturing outside of the typical realms of rock and metal instrumentation. The jazzy bass lines in „Release“ and the proggy strings in „Into The Fall“ prove that the 3-piece is not confined to any specifc genre of music. The use of an Aeolian-Skinner church organ, however – an instrument with close to 1.941 pipes – woven throughout the album, is the proof that these excursions are not blind experiments, but landmarks of a sonic path that this band has carefully chosen. In their 11 years as a band, ANCESTORS has toured multiple times and played festivals in Europe, the US and Canada. The band will return to Europe in the fall of 2018.
ANCESTORS + ELDER on tour in Europe:
29.09. UK – Sheffield, O2 Academy, HRH Doom & Stoner
30.09. UK – Glasgow, The Audio
01.10. UK – Leeds, club tba.
02.10. UK – Manchester, The Rebellion
04.10. UK – Bristol, The Fleece
05.10. UK – London, Garage
06.10. CH – Pratteln, Z7, Up In Smoke Festival 2018
07.10. IT – Milano, Legend
08.10. IT – Bologna, Freak Out / Locomotive
09.10. IT – Roma, Evol
10.10. IT – Fabriano (AN) Sonic, Room
11.10. HR – Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar
12.10. HU – Budapest, Dürer Kert
14.10. BE – Antwerp, Trix, Desertfest 2018
15.10. DE – Hannover, Chez Heinz
16.10. DE – Berlin, SO 36
18.10. FR – Paris, Glazart
19.10. NL – Leeurwarden, Neushoorn, Into the Void
20.10 DE Munich, Feierwerk, Keep It Low
21.10. AT – Vienna, Arena