The Ascent of Everest - “Return to Us”
hat a surprising release from Nashville post-rockers The Ascent of Everest! I had been excited to hear their sophomore album entitled From This Vantage ever since I first heard their 2008 release How Lonely Sits the City. Whereas HLStC was a remarkably solid post-rock album with its beautiful layering of textures, FTV really pushes further and farther than anything they have done before. It’s great to see artists develop and mature with their work and this is a perfect example of just that.
The most noticeable difference would be the new inclusion of multiple vocalists into the ensemble. But the songwriting has also changed as well. The album is certainly less guitar-centric, and noticeably darker than their previous material. The songs really are a step away from the formulaic epic crescendo that is so over played in the genre. Instead, The Ascent of Everest are opting for writing complex atmospherics that will liken them more to acts like Godspeed, A Silver Mt. Zion, or Sigur Ros.