A Film In Color: To Scale A Mountain
When a two-track EP clocks in at anything over 10 minutes, I usually expect to hear either pretentiously-titled progressive rock ballads or thinly veiled Between the Buried & Me rip-offs. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this particular 21-minute two-track album, To Scale a Mountain by A Film In Color, contained none of the above, and was instead populated by a pair of slow-moving, instrumental shoegaze tracks.
There are obvious comparisons to be made between A Film In Color’s sound and This Will Destroy You’s brand of sans vocal indie rock, though the trio do a great job of incorporating the ethereal ambience of bands like Sigur Rós as well.
Each song is marked by long periods of melancholy slow-jam that slowly evolve into hard-hitting climaxes with heavy, low-end tendencies. If this album has a fault, it is perhaps too slow, and the transitions between different movements in each piece progress too gradually. Yet however repetitive “I” and “II” may be at nine and twelve minutes, respectively, their cinematic beauty cannot be denied, making To Scale A Mountain well worth the excessive running time.
This review first appeared in Issue Four