Slaraffenland – We're On Your Side
Record Label: Hometapes
Release Date: September 15, 2009
It's very difficult and rare to discover new music nowadays that sounds nothing like the rest. Let's face it, we're living in a world where there are thousands of carbon copy bands that have little to no originality. However, Slaraffenland have somehow crafted something that is very new and refreshing. On the Danish band's third full length album, We're On Your Side, they're able to perfectly blend indie and post-rock with a hint of jazz without straying from their natural sound. At times, I feel like I'm listening to Explosions In The Sky with a vocalist included. The band's usage of additional instruments is very interesting and innovative, as it ranges from horns, flutes, tambourines, and clarinets.
The album's introduction tracks, “Long Gone” and “Meet And Greet”, display the band's ability to execute layered vocal harmonies over beautiful atmospheric guitar leads. What I mainly enjoy about this album is how they're able to have each instrument stand on its own without being drowned in the mix. The usage of percussion in “Hunting” and “Postcard” allows the drum work to further branch out and exhibit a more creative and experimental side. The closing track “Away” presents everything that is unique and enjoyable about this band into one single piece. The dynamics and order of instrumentation used in the song really carries out the emotions within the music and concludes the album on a beautiful note that is indescribable.
The composition and flow of the album fits very nicely as one track blends in with the next. "The Land of Milk and Honey", which is the true definition of Slaraffenland, absolutely describes how I feel about their music. It's irresistible and filled with quality. It's extremely hard to pull off many different genres and instruments without sounding messy and unprofessional. Thus far, Slaraffenland are one of the few bands that have been able to master this skill with such precision and ease.