And guess what happened then?
Only a few days later, drummer Dima contacted me. He wrote that they had a new album coming up and asked if I wanted to do a review. Coincidence? I immediately downloaded the files, curious for the sound of Jet Plane. I loaded them into Winamp (yeah, I'm old-school) and what followed brought a big, warm smile to my face. In six songs and forty-four minutes, 'Falls Feather' is an excellent, well written, well varied and often surprising album, one that certainly proves my point about post-rock not being dead.
In Jet Plane's list of influences bands like Explosions In The Sky, Jeniferever, Mogwai and Sigur Ros are mentioned. With that, you can say that Jet Plane walks a rather classic post-rock path. Opener 'All Through The Day' is a perfect example of that, a narrative anthem that can easily stand next to some of the best tunes from the aforementioned acts. I don't think Jet Plane could have chosen a better one to open this album. It follows the sound of the previous album, in an even more convincing way and with a perfect sound quality.
So far, this is a splendid post rock album but indeed nothing new, nothing surprising. However, that would also change soon. 'Ocean' carefully unfolds other areas, like indie pop and electronic effects. Those effects also create a psychedelic feeling in the heavy, doom-inspired 'Wildflowers'. Plus: there are still those classical elements like piano, violin and even bagpipes. Jet Plane does not spare any effort to create something delicious.
'Morendo' is another one of those instant classics, adding the guitar folk of Barn Owl to some of your favorite post rock acts. This one also comes up with vocals, operatic vocals to be exact. So yeah, that is surprising and renewing but most of all it's awesome. 'Less' somewhat feels like a step back to classic post rock but once again in an excellent manner. It's a nice tune to listen to, to add to your playlist. A bit jazzy at times, which makes it warmer and cosier. Sweet. Closer 'Tea' is simply post rock poetry in motion (literally at some points) but I'll leave that up to you to discover..
So, for those who think post rock is dead, that all new albums are rip-offs of old ones, that nothing new is being made: get over yourself. Here is an excellent, close to perfect post rock album by a band that deserves a spot on the big specialized stages. Yes, it's old school post rock but you can feel the blood, sweat and tears. Kudos to Jet Plane for creating this gem. Now join me in hoping for a Euro-tour in the next few months. With this material I am damn sure that Jet Plane will win fans all over the continent.