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realm-of-winds This entire album seems to have been quite prescient and listening to it now it feels so relevant during this global pandemic. Yes, its dark and sombre, but this set is strong and hopeful as well, with multiple moments of light and compassion, as only GIAA can convey. Favorite track: Komorebi.
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allooutrick still showing they know how to make incredible and emotion filled instrumental music.
Medea definitely gave me chills and Komorebi is well placed, giving the album a moment to breathe before returning to the complex feelings of the album.
As someone who prefers heavier music, Mortal Coil has to be my favorite on the album. The turbulence of frustration, fear, and eventual peace, is brilliantly done. Favorite track: Mortal Coil.
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Stéphane Gallay Si cet album est différent de la production habituelle du groupe, God Is an Astronaut ne sort néanmoins pas vraiment des terres post-rockiennes. Dans le cas de Epitaph, on est clairement dans une atmosphère faite de mélancolie, de nuit et de brumes. C’est aussi un album qui, beaucoup plus que les précédents, s’approche du format “BO de film”. (Chroniqué sur alias.erdorin.org)
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CARPAGE The whole LP is a revelation, GIAA never fails. An album of grieving, filled with sadness and beauty, and in addition anger, as felt in the track Mortal Coil.
Epitaph proves that you don’t need lyrics to create a concept album, it’s there in the music, and those concepts are of grief and mortality. It’s quite brilliant. Favorite track: Seance Room.
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xiormeesh The change of mood in Epitaph gives me goosebumps... Hauntingly beautiful. Favorite track: Seance Room.
Mohsen Mansouryar
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Mohsen Mansouryar The amount of which Epitaph draws you in its dark and sad world and then just lets you experience some tragic memory is astounding! I love the opening to this masterpiece of an album. true postrock to me is what GIAA is making. Favorite track: Epitaph.
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1.
Epitaph 07:53
2.
Mortal Coil 05:32
3.
4.
Seance Room 07:40
5.
Komorebi 05:31
6.
Medea 06:58
7.
Oisín 04:18

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Ever since forming 16 years ago, Irish trio God Is An Astronaut has reigned as one of the premier instrumental groups. With its fusion of intense rock instrumentation, ethereal and emotional soundscapes, awe-inspiring dynamics and transfixing melodies.

Each of their prior releases has offered a breath taking sonic journey, and their ninth emotive opus, Epitaph, is a record that both sees a progression in their sound while still remaining true to their ethos that helped define the band. The cover artwork was painted by French artist Fursy Teyssier and fits the melancholic mood beautifully. Joined by long-time drummer Lloyd Hanney, contributions also come from Xenon Field on sound design and former member Jamie Dean on keys.

The opening title track ‘Epitaph’ sets the album`s mood. There is pain and loss at work here, but not pain and loss that are given in to. Sparse piano motifs face energetic rhythms, shimmering guitar coatings, and eruptions of dense fury breathe life into a journey of melancholic longing: there is the release experienced when a troubled existence ends in ‘Mortal Coil‘ followed by the sombre foreshadowing that is ‘Winter Dusk/Awakening‘.

The album changes direction slightly with ‘Seánce Room’ and the music on this highway is taking you someplace meaningful and special – someplace where near and far blur and stars weep over tragedies.

‘Komorebi’ is a word from Japanese. Think of the interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through trees.The song has a melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away from you or about to slip away.

‘Medea’ references Greek mythology, and the enchantress who married Jason, leader of the Argonauts, only to be later guilty of filicide, a crime so against the natural order of things that you can imagine the stars in the sky weeping. It is not easy to confront such things, but this record and this band don’t shirk the challenge.

Finally, the beautiful and hypnotic piece of music that is the album-closing ‘Oisín’ is in memory of Torsten and Niels' 7-year-old cousin who was tragically taken from this world. It distils into four minutes all the pain, sadness and longing felt by many over a much-longer timeframe. A fitting end to an album that will move you deeply and call out to you to be revisited many times.
(Words by Brian Quigley)


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released April 27, 2018

Written and performed by God Is An Astronaut. Produced and mixed by God Is An Astronaut.
Post Production and programming by Xenon Field - www.xenonfield.com
Mastered by Tim Young @ Metropolis Mastering.

Artwork by Fursy Teyssier - www.lesdiscrets.com

* Torsten Kinsella - Guitars, Piano, Synths, Vox
* Niels Kinsella - Bass
* Lloyd Hanney - Drums

Additional Guitar on song 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 by Jimmy Scanlon.
Additional Piano/Keys on song 1, 2, 3 by Jamie Dean.
Additional Guitar on song 2 by Brian Harris.

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God Is An Astronaut are a 4 piece band who hail from Glen of the Downs, Ireland.

Band: Torsten Kinsella - Guitar, Piano/Synths Niels Kinsella - Bass, Lloyd Hanney - Drums
Jamie Dean - Piano/Synths, Guitar
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