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Posted Aug 2nd, 2011 (3:27 pm) by Janelle Sheetz
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Melbourne post-rock band Fourteen Nights at Sea may not be making their official debut with their untitled double LP, but the album is their first full-length release and shows a different side of what was once a more aggressive band.

Three years after releasing their debut EP, Fourteen Nights at Sea have become entirely instrumental. 2008’s Isola, was described as “poetry-slam-post-rock.” The sound is also a bit calmer and more subdued this time around; the band has scaled back and become more controlled. Although hints of the old sound are still there, the shift has worked to the band’s benefit.

“Clubber Vs.”, while perhaps too lengthy, does show the band’s musicianship and ability to write strong, instrumental music. It has distinct shifts in tempo that prevent the song from being overly repetitive. Other songs like “Woods” or “In Violent Times” are slower, more atmospheric and even pretty. “Hornacek” has a similar feel but is more of an interlude, while "Last Night of the Earth" and "The Dead House" have faster, more aggressive moments. The music is the focus: it stands alone, without needing lyrics to establish mood or emotion. The instrumentation accomplishes everything.

A gloomy, melancholy mood prevails throughout, invoking the imaginary experience of actually spending fourteen nights at sea. The band emphasizes this and makes the album seem introspective and conceptual: “In a sinking vessel,” their Facebook says. “No captain. No crew. Only a map of the stars and coordinates of the past. Celestial navigation. Longitude and latitude. Pull the anchor and head for the ocean floor.”

The double LP can be bought from the band’s website and includes the 12” record as well as a digital download. "Woods" is included below.

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