Pelican - March Into the Sea (2005)
No this isnt a re-release or anything, I just found the artwork for the vinyl and thought it was pretty cool...but nonetheless, Pelican's March Into the Sea is a monolithic piece of music that is perfectly suited to its name. The 20 minute version of the song is the definitive version and to me, is the definitive Pelican release. Not to say I dont like Australasia or The Fire in Our Throats, but when I have a need for Pelican I reach for this album first. Its really hard to put into words a piece of music this large and this broad. Suffice to say, it is crushing and ever changing. About halfway through the heavy part of the song comes to end and it trails off into a wtarey abyss of acoustic strum and drone. A fitting ending.
Pelican also reside in Chicago, city of many great post-rock bands, and some might say the capital. But Pelican brand of post-rock reminds me more of Metallicas old instrumental songs like Orion or Call of Kthulu. And for this I applaud Pelican for taking those sounds and expanding them to such picturesque detail as they have.
Pelican is releasing their 3rd full length album called City of Echoes, and while I think they busted their load on March Into the Sea they are still a mighty good band and Coty of Echoes is looking to be a good one.
Of course you should Visit Them at their well designed Hydra Head records site.