Overall, “Mourning” is an album that’s easy to get into, and even easier to fall in love with. Right away they introduce themselves with a roaring hello, and then just as quickly as it started, the roaring becomes a whisper. From then on, I was hooked. I’ve been listening to this album over and over again for the past two weeks, and every time I listen to it, I find something new to latch onto. Whether it’s the dreamy feel in ‘Youth’ or the way ‘Soar’ makes you wish you could fly. If I were to describe this album in one word, it would be the word ‘Expansive’.
It’s expansive in the way that it lets you broaden your musical horizons. When you first start listening to post-rock, you generally begin with the more popular bands, but they’re typically the most generic bands, too. Growing tired of these bands is nigh inevitable. Explosions in the Sky are decent composers, but they have trouble making new sounds. This Will Destroy You is very talented, but you can only listen to the same two albums so many times. Wander is a very good step in the right direction towards other post-rock bands that have more to offer than the stereotypical sounds of these gateway bands.
Normally I’m wary of post-rock albums where the majority of the pieces are under four minutes, but this one manages to maintain your attention without being too spastic or disinteresting. There are some times where they make the typical post-rock sounds of twinkly guitars with way too much reverb and drums going snare-happy, but in no way is it the focus of their album. Again, we encounter how expansive this album can be. It really is the perfect adjective for this album.
My one and only problem is the same problem I have with most post-rock albums: The ending. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred, the finale is well over ten minutes long, and it’s usually the one with the largest crescendo. I tire of this musical rut that most post-rock bands have gotten themselves into. Post-rock is supposed to be about varied sounds and textures with similar underlying structures, and I think most bands have forgotten their roots. This is one such band, but their music is too beautiful for me to get grumpy about it.