Canadian indie-rock band, Plants and Animals, have returned with their fourth studio album, ‘Waltzed in from the Rumbling’.
An ambient soft rock outing, ‘Waltzed in from the Rumbling’ does pretty much what it says on the tin. The album’s cover suggests a peaceful and relaxing journey through the air or over the water. As this cover and title would suggest, the band’s easy vocals float over some chilled background music, layering beautifully to create an impressive ambience. The ‘rumblings’ of their earlier work are not so evident on this album that favours “waltzing”, softer sounds that ooze peaceful days and calmer waters.
This is particularly prominent on recent single ‘No Worries Gonna Find Us’, which is simple in its concept but effective in its delivery. The slightly more driving accompaniment breathes life into the track; a feelgood song that showcases the strong points of this album nicely. Another highlight is ‘So Many Nights’, which demonstrates the band’s ability to convey complex emotions through sound and lyrics.
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Whilst there are some tracks that stand out and shine in their own right, there are several songs that merge together through their ambient backing. Particularly from the lengthy seven-minute ‘Je voulais te dire’ onwards, the tracks fail to stand out as songs on their own. Regardless, what the band is able to exceptionally well is to create a consistent and flowing vibe that makes the album work better as a whole than as a set of individualised songs.
In spite of this, the album provides a perfectly pleasant listening experience that retains some of the band’s rockier roots, whilst incorporating and layering breezier and ambient sounds. This album is not necessarily pushing boundaries and a number of the tracks blend together, becoming largely forgettable. However, you have to admire the musicianship, as the band has clearly worked hard to develop a consistently chilled vibe that provides excellent background music.
‘Waltzed In From The Rumbling’ is out now via Secret City Records.
This Plants and Animals article was written by Adam Jones, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Stephen Butchard. Photo credit : Caroline Delisets