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Review: Albinobeach – The Ladder

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By Daniel Lückhoff-Wessels

Published Tuesday, 10 November 2020 07:49

Albinobeach’s latest album The Ladder is a sprawling sonic journey that dabbles in a myriad of different styles to create something complex and, at times, captivating.

With a combination of prog-metal, psych-rock and electronica forming the foundation of the album the trio made up of Ian Finch (guitars), Kalin Pashaliev (bass), and Garrick van der Tuin (drums and sound design), tackle the idea of going on a journey to an awakening and, in turn, a rebirth.

The title track, which is the first of a number of epically long tracks, gets things started; its staccato guitar runs complemented by some equally complex drums and contrasted by long, spacey synth chords in the verses before exploding into breathless choruses. As the song develops the intensity builds into an intimidating climax before gradually fading out.

The long-form compositions are broken up by punchier, more frantic numbers like 'Somersault' and 'Afro Bogart' which follow along the same lines as their lengthier counterparts but condense everything which brings much-needed tension into the mix.

The Ladder is one of those albums that change things up at just the right time, keeping things from becoming stale and repetitive. The quality of composition throughout is consistently excellent and there’s always something new and interesting happening which means that whether you’re a music geek or just someone who enjoy things that sound nice Albinobeach have something for everyone.

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About Albinobeach

Albinobeach is an instrumental rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa, formed in 2005. The band’s line-up includes drummer Garrick Van Der Tuin, guitarist Ian Finch and bass guitarist Kalin Pashaliev. To date, albinobeach has released two full-length albums and an EP.
Initially a four-piece group, albinobeach went instrumental in 2006 after singer Francois Du Preez exited the band due to hearing difficulties caused by a short illness. At that time, albinobeach were recording their self-titled debut EP and the remaining members decided to release it as an instrumental offering. The EP attracted the attention of North Carolina independent label Forgotten Empire Records, which released the EP in 2007.


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