Nest - S/T (2007)
┬ęSereign [Net Label - Free Music Distributor]
United Kingdom

Tracklist:

  1. Lodge (3:54)
  2. Kyoto (5:26)
  3. Marefjellet (4:44)
  4. Charlotte (4:43)
  5. Cad Goddeu (4:16)
  6. Trans Siberian (4:33)


Every once in a while, I myself, as a lover of all types of music need a change of direction in what I'm listening to. I'm an opinionated elitist writer who deals with way too much metal than his brain can handle. Hence, I turn to mellow bands such as Godspeed, You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and Nest for relaxation and a time for clear thinking.

There are two bands which share the name Nest. The first, which I have already reviewed for the site was a Finnish duo whom played a very tranquil type of instrumental atmospheric folk music. The Nest I am featuring on Metal Manic today, ironically, is an atmospheric duo from the United Kingdom who actually share some of the same qualities of their Finnish companions of the same name, yet these guys don't utilize folk instruments. Instead, what Nest does is make ethereal peace with primarily, a piano, and secondarily, an acoustic guitar which relays mostly in the background.

The album's compositions are quite serene and calming, with light tempo changes which come gradually while keeping the songs' dream-like trances intact. The best song on this short album is track four "Charlotte" which paints an image in my mind of a cold autumn evening with its soothing rhythm and haunting piano accompanied with that slight kick of background acoustics which I spoke of previously. That track is pure atmosphere and sets the bar for what this duo should be playing on future recordings.

Short and sweet is the best way to describe this self-titled album. Good show. I'm excited for future albums.

-Jeremy

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