RAIN TONGUE - Rain Tongue

Rain Tongue - Rain Tongue

9 songs
57:02 minutes
***** **


Perseverance is a virtue this Russian three-piece can pride itself in. Starting in 1996 as Teatr Tenei, they self-released between 1998 and 2004 seven CD-Rs with independent music containing Russian lyrics. In their next chapter, they called themselves Yazyk Dozhdya and recorded three further CD-Rs of likewise music between 2005 and 2007. Then they finally decided to give up lyrics, renamed themselves Rain Tongue – much easier to pronounce for those unfamiliar with the Russian language – and finally have their first regular self-titled album out on RAIG.

The opener Terra indicates the general direction, offering moody post rock with magical female chants accompanying the soothing instruments. The short No More Secrets paves the road for the nine minute long To The Nearest Song which features a male-female mixed choir that proves that quasi-instrumental music can have a regular fairytale atmosphere without sounding cheesy. Other highlights are Cloud Atlas, with eight minutes another long track, and When Will It Fly Over Them. Both tracks feature an accordion part. The former uses this instrument to instil a certain melancholy, while the latter shows a friendlier face of it. The album ends with the twelve minute long Feathers and the conviction that post rock does not always have to come with apocalyptic moods.

Rain Tongue’s self-titled label debut is a professionally crafted instrumental album that features contemporary sounds that should appeal to fans of Sigur Ros, Mogwai and the likes. At times the band surprises with stellar moments that the nearly one hour long record can’t sustain throughout. Still a nice addition to any well sorted sophisticated music collection.

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