A Film in Color take listeners on an emotive, transcendental journey with their full-length debut, They March in Endless Circles.
From 2014’s To Scale a Mountain EP, to the “A Study in Terror” and “All the Darkness Looks Alive” singles released in 2014 and 2015 respectively, it is clear that A Film in Color have set out to create monolithic, and beautifully melancholic pieces of sound. Drawing influence from their post-rock contemporaries, the New Jersey trio take said influences and reshape them into highly-textural, slow-burning, cinematic compositions. They tap deep into the genre’s ambient and atmospheric qualities and push them to the forefront, resulting in walls of sound that can be both reflective and sonically crushing. This is where They March in Endless Circles comes in; a 40-minute opus that is indeed reflective and sonically crushing, and a culmination of the band’s evolution thus far.
The album opens with the gorgeous and expansive “Blood Horizon”. The song begins with shimmering, melodic guitars that are gradually overtaken by swells of snowy atmosphere while steady, tension-building drumming pulses beneath. Eventually the song, in true post-rock fashion, reaches a climax of towering chords and a dense wall of icy, guitar-generated sound. This bleeds into “For You Are Not in Death”, a short burst of brooding soundscapes and thunderous drumming that journeys towards a shoegaze-esque cacophony.
The nearly 10-minute “A Hollow Monument” slows things down a bit, opening with some downtempo, almost jazz like instrumentation à la Bohren & der Club of Gore that is spearheaded by airy ambiance and somber, Rhodes piano riffs. The song builds into a swell of leviathanic instrumentation about two-and-a-half minutes in that is comprised of massive guitar chords and textural, tremolo-picked leads that wrap tight around said chords like a blanket of sound. Then the remainder of this lengthy track gradually becomes quieter and quieter until an ambient hum remains.
“Sightless Gods” and “Procession” prove to be two of the more “aggressive” pieces on the album. “Sightless Gods” begins with wavering, ethereal soundscapes that pave the way for explosive post-rock mastery that becomes darker and more cacophonous as it reaches its conclusion. The 11-minute “Procession” begins in a similar way with slow-burning, melodic instrumentation that lulls listeners into a false sense of security. Just as listeners get comfortable, monstrous post-metal riffs come crashing in as the song shifts from quiet and reflective, to heavy and anthemic.
The short, angelic ambient piece “At the Foot of the Eternal Throne” brings everything to a peaceful conclusion and will have listeners itching to replay the record all over again. A Film in Color stay true to their post-rock influences, but present them in more interesting ways than most newer bands within the genre do. They March in Endless Circles is an impressive debut that will hopefully be the first of many to come.
Release Date: June 22, 2018
Label: Science of Silence
Favorite Tracks: “Blood Horizon”, “A Hollow Monument” and “Procession”
For Fans Of: This Will Destroy You, Bohren & der Club of Gore and Mono