Grails Deep Politics Product Type Compact Disc Rock Pop Domestic

Track Title. 1 Future Primitive. 2 All The Colors Of The Dark. 3 Corridors Of Power. 4 Deep Politics. 5 Daughters Of Bilitis. 6 Almost Grew My Hair. 7 I Led Three Lives. 8 Deep Snow. Grails began as a post-rock unit that delivered moments of absolute beauty inside blown out; heavy rock power plays. On 2008’s Doomsdayer’s Holiday, the quartet began to reply more on post-production — ambient textures, lush overdubs, understated samples, and washed-out backdrops — to expand their reach. On Deep Politics, it’s an inseparable element in their sound. While their music always held cinematic elements, here Grails reflect the influences of Ennio Morricone, Hugo Montenegro, Piero Piccioni, Alan Hawkshaw, Basil Kirchen, and others in creating 21st century library music. Moogs, mellotrons, strings, and chorales are indelibly woven with their meld of big guitars and percussion; yet Grails sound even heavier. Their sonic density is maximal. A low-tuned guitar riff in “Future Primitive” is layered with numerous forceful strings (played and arranged by composer Tim Harris), droning backing vocals, and well-placed percussion, to open the set darkly and powerfully. “All the Colors of the Dark,” with its dissonant contrapuntal piano, echo-laden slide guitars, snares, and kick drums, are multiplied exponentially by strings and an enormous choir that signals a dramatic moment, but then quickly drops out as a nylon-string guitar plays a moody melody backed by harmonic piano chords; they’re subsumed by sitar and reverb in the conclusion.