I Spell It Nature- Self-Titled (2010)

Posted: April 1, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Ottawa, Canada is ways away from where I live, but if given the opportunity, I would drive all the way up there to see this band. The problem with bands these days is that nothing’s ever original anymore. Anyone who’s ever seen that video where that comedy trio strings 40 pop songs from the past 40 years over the same 4 chords knows what I’m talking about. A similar issue in post-rock is that not that many bands are willing to break the mold. Some bands feel chained into this generic post-rock stereotype, others are too afraid to do something one of the Big 5 haven’t done yet because it may not be accepted. I Spell It Nature, however, takes a little of the old and a little of the new and pressurizes it with a little creativity to form…well, take a listen.

The first track, “The Difference Between Where You Are And Where You Want To Be” is a good lead in track because it doesn’t beat you over the head too early with originality. It layers electric guitar and drums over an acoustic guitar track (a nod to their roots [originally created as an acoustic duo]). The second track, “Ducks Fly Together” brings the pain at exactly the right time, just when you thought the sound was going to be the same through all 4 tracks. Incredibly intense, and switches up the tempo midway, so as to not have that depressingly boring like 2 beats per hour feel like many others. The other tracks just follow that success story and make this album one that can go on repeat quite easily without being bored after the 8th go-around (don’t believe me, check my Last.FM).

Rating: At first, I was like, “Oh, this sounds like a part from this…” or “I’ve heard something like this on…”, but then it came to me that nothing is really 100% original. With 8 notes in an octave, there’s only so much one can do. What I Spell It Nature do here is find their own sound through the examples set by bands such as Explosions In The Sky and This Will Destroy You, fusing their sounds together with some of their own raw talent to create something all their own. Yes, it’s standard post-rock; but, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t  fun, and most of all, beautiful. 3.5/5 kegs.

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