One of the greatest pleasures that comes with running UK Scumscene is that Sunwølf send me a new album almost every year. The ambient post metal duo have delivered some wonderfully beautiful music since their beginning in 2012 and every record seems to get grander in scope and after 2014’s Beholden to Nothing and No One I honestly didn’t think there was anywhere left for this band to go. Eve is the record that proves me wrong.
Stripping things back to a single disc, Eve continues the grandiose post rock stylings of Beholden… and continues to experiment with vocals, but manages to condense things into a more immediate experience. Still sounding like the most feature-rich crossover of *shels, Explosions in the Sky, 65daysofstatic, Sleep and Mogwai, Sunwølf open Eve with the moody and brooding one-two punch of Gilded Heart and A Rest Mid the Gloaming. These lurching, ruminating epics set up a very isolated and dark atmosphere; something the band has always been great at.
Then the album begins to explore different styles of music to express itself with. Quell is a somber and pensive track with spoken word lyrics that tell the tale of a blossoming love before exploding into a hugely uplifting crescendo. Haar is the closest the band has come to making a straight forward rock song and the screamed vocals are utterly grief-stricken and harrowing to listen to. Sun of My Soul is another expansive, lonely track full of those creepy and somewhat glittery guitar melodies the band adores.
There’s just so much going on and it’s all so vivid. We’ve spoken before about how Sunwølf’s music has a habit of conjuring up images of rolling hills, endless dunes and dense forests and it comes as no surprise that a gorgeous mountain landscape has been chosen for the cover artwork because that image alone is so quintessentially Sunwølf.
Eve is another monstrous achievement for Sunwølf. It’s an album of uplifting highs and crushing lows and despite the simplicity in the song-writing and how long the songs can be, everything is crafted with atmosphere in mind. Sunwølf songs will only linger if the atmosphere requires it to and thanks to the simplicity of the song-writing, the band also put focus on their melodies. You wouldn’t think an album like this would be so memorable but thanks to the focus on melody and atmosphere, it’s very easy to find yourself playing Eve repeatedly without even noticing it. Eve is a beautiful album that makes you appreciate good song-writing and if you’re a fan of post rock then it’s an essential purchase.
Sunwølf’s Eve is out now and available to buy on CD direct from the band.