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Author's Rating
Vocals N/A
Musicianship 8
Lyrics N/A
Production 9
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8.75
Final Verdict: 82%
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Oriin - All Things Are Numbers

Reviewed by: Matthew Tsai (03/24/09)
Oriin - all. things. are. numbers.
Record Label: Future Recordings
Release Date: February 24, 2009

In the beginning, "Costilla" is only the urgent but familiar post-rock whir. A lone guitar steps carefully into the fragile framework, playing a lonely melody from somewhere on a distant, uninhabited archipelago and is promptly accompanied by a soft but deep roll of drums. Soon, the whir finds the strength to begin a crescendo, prompting a brave, markedly heavier response from the melody line and its drum counterpart. The whir and the melody continue to exchange conversations, each swap gaining excitement until finally, the signature atmospheric rock-out section breaks free and proclaims itself to the world. Then, all is quiet again.

The same whir creates the same airy feel for the dawning of "Into the Valley," a close relative of "Costilla." However, the dominant guitar line is kidnapped here, and a twinkling piano takes its place with hushed and cautious notes, repeating jittery chord progressions until the final round, where the notes unexpectedly refrain from resolving to a major key, as they have done time and time again before.

"We Will Rebuild," the third and concluding member of the structurally sonata-like introduction to this album all. things. are. numbers. begins with yet another taste of the now intimate whir. Like "Costilla" and much of the rest of the post-rock world, "We Will Rebuild" is a graceful and lavish climb towards an "abandon all worries and rock with us!" zenith, complete with exotic tribal drums and a frantic and awe-inspiring standard drum closing.

As the first three tracks finish occupying the spotlight, all. things. are. numbers. finds the adventurous spirit to venture into grander and at times even instrumentally opera saluting territories, as is evident in the rich "Beyond the Great Valley," which crescendos and charms its way to a spectacularly spooky ending. "We Will Live Forever" is a cuter, smoother version of this experimenting - a nice segue into the airy duo that wrap up the record so delicately. Both sections provide a unique and optimistic motif, and the album ends on a drum staccato attack, quenching listeners' instrumental thirsts.

Recommended If You LikeExplosions In the Sky; Foxhole; Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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