Underneath this very obscure title is of course Kristoffer Vilsgaard of one of our favorite acts, Tales Of Murder And Dust, a band that has been blowing our minds since the 2000s and finally seeming to make moves to release their 2nd LP this fall.
T.O.M.A.D. are a raucous mix of psychedelia and post-rock/shoegaze that is well known for giving it’s audience members occasional body highs from the strands of noise emanating from its (most of the time) 5-member line-up. In the meantime though, members have been bubbling out with side projects here and there – hence – All Your Ardent Rebels.
The thing I like about this EP is that it actually could be a stripped back TOMAD record – it’s not too far off from anything you’d expect them to have come out with a few years ago, however this time around, it’s all one man’s vision – and what a vision it is.
The 5 song affair is open and closed with ambient inspired tracks – “The Moon Is Bitter”’s digital squelch and eastern drones almost fall in Kid A territory, and serve as a mood setting intro to the whole record. “Shifted Dreams” is more Appalachian inspired folk piece, however run through a shoegaze filter – almost entombed in a syrupy haze, or captured in sap like an ancient bug trapped forever in amber. It’s beautiful yet distant.
“A Terrible Flower” for me is the highlight – an acoustic led piece laden with marimbas – almost familiar territory for fans of Air’s Virgin Suicides work. Kristoffer’s fragile yet desperate voice is eventually adorned with TOMAD’s drummer, Jacob Korsgaard Jensen’s sparse but lifting drums. This is the track that to me, sounds the most like it could possibly be a TOMAD tune – but of course stands on it’s own here. “The Shadow’s Mistress” rounds out the ‘singing’ songs, with more of a dusty Mazzy Star feel. We depart the recording with the ambient instrumental “The Sun Is Sour” – a track that wouldn’t feel out of place on one of Brian Eno’s classic “Music for…” records.
I feel bad calling this a side-project, as it’s pretty evident that it is the work of one man, and it truly does stand on it’s own. In a quick chat with Vilsgaard though online, he assured me that the new Tales… album is finalized though and they will resume playing and releasing very soon – but also that you can expect a full-length All Your Ardent Rebels record out next year for sure. He’s got loads of songs to share and if they are anything like this, I wanna hear ‘em. I think the world is big enough for both Tales… and …Rebels. Do you?
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The thing I like about this EP is that it actually could be a stripped back Tales Of Murder And Dust record – it’s not too far off from anything you’d expect them to have come out with a few years ago, however this time around, it’s all one man’s vision – and what a vision it is. (4.5/6)