Album Review: Gilmore Trail – “The Floating World”
The Floating World is the best kind of album. It’s the kind of album that is simultaneously relaxing, uplifting, emotional and engaging. It allows itself to wash over you, while also challenging you with it’s widescreen post-rock musical landscapes. The Floating World can be described as music to fall asleep to, but can also be labelled as an album that will grab you by the shoulders and shake the shit out of you. It’s that kind of album.
It was no surprise to learn that the concept of the album is the ocean and water, as the album can one moment gently caress your ears then engulf you the next, threatening to drown you in one big glorious wall of sound.
Each track seems to perform some kind of hypnotism, with the short tracks whizzing by your ears like shots of caffeine-fuelled music juice. This is not to say they move at a terrifying BPM, as every one of the pieces on The Floating World wallows in it’s musical loveliness, allowing each note to breath and become it’s own beast among those that surround it. The record also has it’s fair share of epics, and they are so effortlessly engrossing that you’ll have listened to the twelve minute Origins thinking it was only three minutes long.
All too often instrumental music can get lost in trying to keep things interesting, throwing in unusual time signatures and wilfully odd chords that just don't belong. What Gilmore Trail have accomplished with The Floating World is a record that pulls you in and pulls you under, then throws you out the other side breathless. What we have here ladies and gentlemen is the bar, and Gilmore Trail have raised it significantly.