… The wind is rustling in the trees, the glitter of a stagnant pond is reflected from a lonesome stag’s eye, cautiously lapping up the pure water to quench the neverending thirst of life. Suddenly, out of a bush steps Pan, gaily brandashing a guitar; the stag raises its head and reverently whatches as Pan slowly but shurely walks towards the pond. At the edge of the pond, Pan seats himself on what once was a tall and proud tree, but has since fallen from grace to the earth and only remains a fallen and broken log, as a memory of its former glory. As Pan sits upon the broken log, he puts the guitar on his lap and gazing over the pond, he starts plucking softly at the strings. As the soft vibrations and tones float across the pond, through the tall grasses, between the trees, and up towards the heavens, with a strange and primal feeling, the whole woods seem to respond to the soft tones and joins the Pan in his eldritch music. With whole forest in tune and lead by the Pan sitting on his log, he watches the sky as it starts to fill with a ill wind that brings with it black ashes, telling the enevitable doom of all things and the bleak future of a world drenched in darkness…
Eitarnora is a lovely folk, psychedelic, drone band from the United States, constisting of Val and Jon. Together, with some help of other preformers, they create wonderful, soulful music, brimming with atmosphere and field recordings. Some of these sort of music tends to get bogged down with horrible overpowering guitar plonking, stale and “canned” atmosphere and soundscape, but not Eitarnora fortunately!
Jon’s guitar playing is downplayed and sprinkled neatly into the music, and only helps to bing forth the atmosphere and enhances the eldritch mood. In this type of music, anything that breaks the flow and feeling of the atmosphere should be avoided like the plague and the usual culprit is the guitar. Restraint and compulsure is aparently very hard to maintain when trying to make a calm and quiet drone/folk album. It musn’t be too calm and quiet to bore the listener, and yet it can’t become to heavy to break the composition. This is one thing that Eitarnora succeeds with avoiding!
Val’s voice is haunting and his ability of mixing and arranging the album is prefect and keeps a steady and even composition throughout the album. It shows that it is better to take your time with the music to try and perfect it, rather that to rush it and get it out fast.
Tall Grasses and Black Ash is a great album and anyone who likes beautiful and great music should own it!
I. Feet in the Earth
II. Plains Dance
III. The Grey Earth
IIII. You Are Mine