Long Distance Calling: Trips

Monster post-rock from the Münster band.

Long Distance Calling: Trips

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Ten years into their career, there have been changes in this band.

During the creation of their sixth album, Martin Fischer left after contributing his keyboards. The quintet became a quartet, and they continue in the same post-rock, progressive vein. Much like Mogwai, these Germans have a nuanced understanding of dynamics, which sets them apart from the vast bulk of modern rock outfits who play either loud or quiet, with no shading between the two. This is a group that can swell with the range of an orchestra in terms of tone, texture and volume – all readily apparent in the wonderful surges and stabbing strings of Plans, the shamelessly expansive 12-minute album closer Flux and the coda of Rewind, a song with a hint of Katatonia’s darkness, but without the all-consuming gloom. Getaway sounds like a crunchier Pink Floyd, and while the bulk of the material is instrumental, guest vocalist Petter Carlsen sounds so at home that it feels like he’s always been there. TRIPS is beautifully produced too – you can hear the details even in the industrial stomp of Trauma. How Long Distance Calling progress from here remains to be seen, but they couldn’t have asked for a better start.

David West

After starting his writing career covering the unforgiving world of MMA, David moved into music journalism at Rhythm magazine, interviewing legends of the drum kit including Ginger Baker and Neil Peart. A regular contributor to Prog, he’s written for Metal Hammer, The Blues, Country Music Magazine and more. The author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film, David shares his thoughts on kung fu movies in essays and videos for 88 Films, Arrow Films, and Eureka Entertainment. He firmly believes Steely Dan’s Reelin’ In The Years is the tuniest tune ever tuned.