ARTIST:

LONG DISTANCE CALLING

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

BOUNDLESS

(2018)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Instrumental
""Boundless" is a return to the roots of the heavy-post-rock that Long Distance Calling masters to perfection."
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If Long Distance Calling's career has been so rich in exceptional albums since 2007, it's mainly because the Germans always land where they're not expected. "Boundless" is no exception to the rule since the quartet is back with a 100% instrumental album in the form of a return to their roots. 

And the least we can say is that the first tracks have something familiar with their heavy post-rock so recognizable made of long progressive climbs, subtle digressions on intoxicating themes with tiny variations at each measure. This immutable capacity to offer arrangements that sublimate the slightest banal riff, transforming it into an unstoppable groove, brings back emotions already experienced when listening to their first productions. 

'Out There', 'Ascending' and 'In The Clouds' are made of this alloy, balanced by a rhythm section immediately recognizable by its enveloping presence, the LDC signature. The arrangements and electronic keyboard contributions are in the same vein as on the band's most successful albums between 2009 and 2011. 'Like A River' sounds like an homage to Ennio Morricone with its spaghetti-western overtones, while the intoxicating solo in the magical finale of 'Weightless' shows the full extent of the combo's compositional and interpretive talent. 

So of course, the Germans take certain liberties to avoid repetition, proposing  sometimes a little more direct music by slightly shortening the pieces to get to the point. However, they always take the time for an intro, a break or a conclusion that stretches over a few tens of seconds, as if to show that finishing a piece is an art that should not be wasted. It is the case with 'Out There' or the ultra-heavy closer 'Skydivers' which could have ended earlier with anyone else.

If originality is not the main asset of "Boundless", we must not forget that Long Distance Calling is not a follower in this matter but is at the origin of this heavy/post-rock movement of the mid-2000s and that if many talented bands like Monkey3, Toundra or Abysse rushed into the breach, it was indeed opened by the Germans. With this return to a heavy and muffled post-rock, the group is enjoying himselves, but the most important thing is that he manages to communicate this pleasure that the early fans will inevitably share.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Out There
02. Ascending
03. In The Clouds
04. Like A River
05. The Far Side
06. On The Verge
07. Weightless
08. Skydivers
09. Flashback

LINEUP:
David Jordan : Guitares
Florian Füntmann: Guitares
Jan Hoffmann : Basse
Janosch Rathmer: Batterie
   
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