Although their sound seems generic at first – and, as a matter of fact, there is a lack of versatility and diversification that really perceives their sound to be ordinary post rock at best –, this perception occurs mainly because they’re not only exceedingly faithful to their genre of choice, and follow closely its most traditional features, but it’s given principally as a quest – and as a consequence, I suppose – of a conscious decision to deliver to their audience a genuinely pure and condescendingly static post rock, elaborated on the firm principles of its mostly authentic aesthetics. And they do this surprisingly well! With calm and delicate harmonies, that captures dreams as what they came to be, it is possible to see throughout the universe – and explore the outer limits of the exponential and everlasting sunrise of our own souls – by the grace, and the poetic and serene virtuosities of the music of ÆRIS, that is full of delicate, decisive and truthful resonances of majesty and grandiosity at the wingspan of their marvelous melodies.
The last song, Surface to Air – that, with its length of twelve minutes, is the longest in the album – certainly is the most beautiful. With a magnificent melody that captures a fantastic and perceptive rhythm of sensible and exceedingly refined grace, this song summarizes – and, in this particular record, reveals itself to be a monumental apex – the musical abilities of ÆRIS, that comprehends in a very large scope the sensitive insinuations of a poetical sonorous rhetoric, that is able to conquer the heart and the vitality of the human heart, as well as giving to anyone who listens to it a sense of sentimental completeness.
A fabulous album, filled with the most complete qualities ever aspired in the history of the genre, Æ is a landmark of post rock. Formidable, lucid, serene and vivaciously graceful, it is highly recommended for everyone who loves a sonorous journey throughout a very personal universe of delightful sensibility, joyful excitement and profound calmness.