From Team Clermont
A. Armada release Anam Cara TODAY on Hello Sir Records!
...melodic post-rock in the vein of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor and even borrows a little from '70s prog-rock outfits such as Genesis and Yes. - Flagpole Magazine
Speaking through actions is traditionally the task of self-assured, moral men adhering to a higher standard than lip service. Applying the same status to a rock-n-roll band is a woeful misstep but, at the same time, there is a similarity in the self-assurance it takes to maintain an instrumental rock band these days. Audiences are used to the bombast and beauty of Sigur Ros, the muscular U2-isms of Maserati and the soundtrack-worthy composition of Explosions In The Sky. Each speak to that particular portion of the human soul which seeks foundation and inspiration. The problem is the field of instrumental bands is becoming more and more crowded so why should you care about a band called A. Armada out of Athens, GA? Because A. Armada speaks to other needs.
On Anam Cara, the band's first proper record, A. Armada weaves its sound through ringing guitars dipped in echo and a rhythm section that serves more as propellant than mere support. The pieces shift from somber genteelness to intense consideration to soft cradling. This isn’t music to conquer the world by; this is music to conquer oneself with. But if you ask the band about this they’ll probably give you a blank stare. That is, really, the whole point; in making music for themselves they’ve inadvertently made it for you.
Hello Sir Records is releasing Anam Cara on January 27, 2009.
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