The Files and Fires - For People Talk Lightly... Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: March, 2011
Instrumental music has never really caught my attention. Though bands have been putting them in their releases for awhile now, it always seems to be the one track on the album I forget about. Aside for a handful of names, I’ve never listened to an instrumental album from front to back. However, with a fewer amount of songs, I found it easier to listen to The Files and Fires most recent release, For People Talk Lightly...
An ambience of what seems like white noise passes through and eerie echoes build up while a faint violin plays. As the first notes of “The Iron Pillars” play, it is immediate that the band has a talent for painting a musical picture without having to explain what is being painted. The violin and drums only add to the texture.
“Let Us Unfold Our Veils In The Wind” contains the only thing that can be considered singing on the album. A distant, almost broken, voice can be heard calling out to the listener under soothing guitar notes and filtered drumming. The pace picks up throughout the song until finally ending with a blast of sound and emotion. Leaving no time to think, the song segues into “A Miracle Saved Us.” Juxtaposing distorted static and calm keyboards, the song is probably the weakest track on the album, though it still shows the talent this band holds.
As the album comes to a close, “The Sea Was Left Behind” showcases how the beauty of the violins and the thoughtful keyboard parts can bring emotion and feeling to any song (if done correctly). All the techniques and instruments found on For People Talk Lightly... are combined on closer, “And The Day Goes By, But Time Stands Still.” Each instrument contributes to the buildup to the climax, in which the instruments blast out their sounds, almost talking to the listener in a different tongue. As the instruments quiet down, the album goes back into the silence found at the beginning. But then, after a minute or so, the band pulls a Motion Picture Soundtrack and a faint keyboard can be heard serenading over a relaxing ambience.
So, is it original? Not really. Is it groundbreaking? Not really. Will it change the face of music as we know it? No. So what does it do? It shows that music isn’t just about lyrics and singing, and that instruments bring just as much emotion to the table as a singers voice. However, it also highlights a problem a problem I have with a lot of albums, that being the songs start to sound the same after awhile, which could lead the listener to lose interest. The band has the musical talent, but don’t seem to really put fourth their full potential.
While The Files and Fires are just one band in an ocean of bands that choose sound over words, I can’t help but think that it’s an example of a instrumental/ambient album done well. Sometimes you don’t need words to convey a message. With For People Talk Lightly..., The Files and Fires have made their message clear: they have talent and potential. Now it’s time for them to expand on it and explore.