Good Weather For An Airstrike – Underneath The Stars (2012)

Posted: May 2, 2012 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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Recommended by a friend (Ray and/or Ryan from Still Blue Still Turning), I was already going to take a look into Good Weather For An Airstrike before I found their album submission in our mailbox; if fate exists, it showed itself right at that moment. I seem to be drawn to bands with a functional purpose, whether being an emotional relief or a way to cope with an existing issue, so reading this description made me want to dive deeper:

The Good Weather For An Airstrike project was initially conceived at the beginning of 2009 to help Tom Honey alleviate the issues caused by suffering from tinnitus, which causes a ringing sensation in the ear and can often result in difficulty sleeping. The idea was to create a collection of relaxing sounds which would help induce sleep.

Seeing as Still Blue Still Turning was my go-to band for sleep-inducing sounds, I looked forward to something new and exciting in the realm of ambient music (exciting ambiance, almost an oxymoron, I know). From the get-go, though, Underneath The Stars wasn’t living up to my expectation: the opening track was just monotone, and it wasn’t until the end that I really knew it was progressing. The next song, “Another Way Out”, was definitely a step in the right direction, featuring an incredible paring of vocals and string instruments. A really cool feature of this album is its use of weather sounds, allowing thunder and rain to enter the soundscape in a unique and relaxing way. However, unlike Still Blue Still Turning, there’s not much to catch the interest of the sober and curious listener. The ambiance is beautiful…

Rating: …but in terms of being able to do more than just fall asleep, it falls short. The issue when grading a work is always determining whether a band did what it’s supposed to do or not, whatever that is. Provoke thought, convey emotion, or just to set a mood, goals vary from musician to musician. For Good Weather For An Airstrike, at least on Underneath The Stars, the goal of perfect ambiance earns this a 5/5 kegs. As for interest-peaking moments, I’d put it at about a 2/5. Finally, in its ability to put the listener into a peaceful rest, it once again earns 5/5 (I’m actually slowly drifting while writing this [don’t judge me]). And so this album lands at a 3/5 kegs, a perfect playlist for writing, thinking, and (of course) sleeping.





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