Saturday, January 13, 2007

Natural Snow Buildings - The Dance of the Moon and the Sun (2006)

Natural Snow Buildings...Where the hell did this band come from? I know there is alot of shit out there, and its easy to miss it, especially when youre a full on music junkie like I am. But letting this one pass you by is like missing and elephant waking by in broad daylight. This album is a huge pagan monolith of universal proportions. Now dont mistake my analogies, this album is large, but not grind-you-up-and-spit-you-out large, nor is it 16-band-members, full-on-orchestra large. It is really just 2 1/2 hours of droning psych and raga, falling sometimes near early Six Organs works, at other times falling near Iron & Wine in simple beautiful melancholy, still other times sounding like Animal Collective on downers, the whole time treading the line between a Sunn 0)))-like darkness and a twinkling post-rock ambience such as Eluvium or even Explosions in the Sky. It is a slow burn, starting with Disc 1, Moon, dripping like sap from a tree while nymphs and satyrs slowly sway with the leaves. There are some heavy, cerebral moments here, namely the 15 minute true opener (after a short folk intro), Cut Joint Sinews & Divided Reincarnation. Similar moments exist in the 25 minute Felt Presence, Ghostly Humming and short and sweet Rain Parade. Interspersed throughout are shorter folk songs, often with a similar acoustic drone fluttering just behind the melody. Disc 2, Sun starts off darker, opening with the spooky and unsettling Tupilak before taking us into more droning folk and subtle atmospherics. The high point here is Ten Guardian-Spirits Motherfucker, with a steady back beat and sharply plucked yet shimmering guitars over an evil drone that could easily be likened to the sun rising over the desert. Images abound in the lengthier songs and would be greatly enjoyed by fans of the acoustic drone/ psych sound. The shorter, folkier songs keep the album from getting bogged down in its own wall of noise and bring it back to earth, making Natural Snow Buildings a band firmly rooted in the earth and the stars.

Natural Snow Buildings is a duo from France, consisting of artists Mehdi and Solange, and have released one album prior to Moon and Sun called Ghost Folks, which apprently owes more of its sound to Constellation Records and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The band has self-released its latest double cd-r in highly limited quantities with hand made packaging and artwork, and basically they are all sold out, so this is a good chance to hear a band that should hopefully be a force to contend with in short time.

Many thanks go out the Postapocalyptic Vanguard for not only posting tons of great instrumental post-rock but also for providing the links to this incredible, haunting record.


Blogger mr.A said...

Hi there Blend.

Thank you for bringing this up, i never heared of these guys but this is a damn good one. I think they need a decent record-label to re-release this one!

10:40 AM  
Blogger mr.A said...


thanks for the English lessons to B.T.W.!!!


10:41 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

haha! of course...

also, this record had me hooked all weekend...some of it is so dark and sinister and other parts are so dreamy and hazy...

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for this! Your description blew my mind!
Though one small problem.... Megaupload said "Moon" was unavailable? I was wondering if anyone
else ran into this? Thanks as always for your time and effort!

2:19 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

oh shit, really? hmmm. i'll work that one out tomorrow...bummer...

5:09 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

it says "temporarily unavailable"...try it again in a little bit....also try restarting your browser and then click the link...that happened to me last week and i just checked back later and it worked...

5:11 PM  
Anonymous someonewhomatters said...

nr A is a fuck u!

5:46 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

huh? nr? please dont slander the guests.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Brandon said...

i looked for the link under the link you provided, but couldn't see anything about the band or album. the layout of that page s also chaotic and confusing for me. can you tell me where to look on that page or copy the link for this album and post it here or in a message to my myspace account blend 77? it sounds like a promising album and i'd like to get in on the fun if everyone else is doing it. thanks!

2:36 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

If you look in the text, the "MOON" and the "SUN" are red. Click them and in the top right is a confirmation code. enter and wait. and click when ready.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

album artwork is here

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Amazing Stuff. Something I would never have thought to pick this up!Thank you so much for turning me on to this! Youve got a great Blog! Any chance you could reup Six Organs of Admittance - A Sun Awakens". I am dying to hear it(From your description). Thank you a million times!!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is great-- but i am looking for these NSB recordings:

Two Sides Of A Horse (Cass, Album, Ltd) 2000

Between The Real And The Shadow (CDr, Ltd)2008

I Dream Of Drone (5xCDr, Ltd, Box) 2008

The Wheel Of Sharp Daggers (Cass, Ltd, C68)Digitalis Limited 2008

any leads?

10:56 PM  
Blogger Brett said...

Excellent, excellent review. I really love this group and their infinite array of sound.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have been looking for stuff on this artist yet the sun link doesnt seem to work, owell
thanks though

8:00 PM  

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