In my vast daily intake of music, it’s refreshing to hear something that makes me sit back and want to soak it all in. Thanks to some mutual friends, I was turned onto Perth’s Absent Hearts (formerly The K Project) and their debut EP release “Arctic”, comprised of five tracks of (mostly) instrumental ambient post-metal that sends you on a musical journey that is hard to refuse.
With many different forms of music, a composer aims to create a scene musically and with “Arctic” Scott Kay (Voyager) projects a feeling of a cold and icy wasteland, yet with an underpinning warmth throughout.
The sole track with vocals, opener “Arctic” sets the mood with a clean guitar part melded with flowing ambient textures. Guest vocalist Daniel Tompkins (from British metallers Tesseract) adds another dimension to the track. There are two sides to this musical coin. “Mountains” and “Eclipse” begin with clean, lush passages taking the listener to a safe place within, then build up into bombastic post-metal barrages. On the other side, “Starlight” and “Empire” share a similar build up into a post-metal-fuelled journey but somehow they hit right in that spot within the psyche that forces an individual state of emotion somewhere between feeling good and downright gloom.
As this is an independent self release, the production can be a little bit hit or miss at times (especially during “Empire”, which sounds a bit muddy). Nonetheless, it doesn’t distract from what it delivers and is a positive sign of things to come. If you are a fan of ambient music or post metal or looking for something new outside of your usual musical ventures, “Arctic” is definitely something you should seek out and the best thing, it is free to download – http://absenthearts.bandcamp.com/