Childern Of The Wave
Children of the Wave, hailing from Melbourne Australia, are an experimental ambient band that engages some very unusual territories of sound. The duo of noise artist Mark Rayner and folk artist Dan Flynn present a unique blend of ethereal spacial concepts. Their debut album, Carapace is filled with meditative imagery and melodies that swing from warm texture to cold barren landscapes.
There are several cuts that feel like they belong on an indie movie soundtrack or b-sides from a Sigur Ros album. As we find common with ambient albums, certain tracks become filler and never take flight, "And Then the Rain Came" is the one example of this. Yet, as a whole, the album does keep our interest particularly highlighted by the rustic acoustic guitar work interwoven throughout, shown in the song, "Even the Stars are a Mess".
One of our favorite moments on the album hits us when Dan Flynn's vocals strengthen, becoming more audible on "Children of the Polka", one of the best songs on the album. The next track "Something Good" starts off with landscape sounds of what appears to be lava flowing through a slow moving stream, then morphing into an acoustic splash accompanied by Dan's warm vocals with much more clarity. We love the originality of making the vocals more pronounced late in the game. This provides a sense of closure and completeness, almost an explanation of the journey at hand.
If you are looking for an album that will help lower your blood pressure and provide you with an escape from the stresses of life, pick this one up. Children of the Wave have a peaceful concept here that we would like to see take further flight.
Standout Tracks: Something Good, Kora