The Wildering Stones. With a very relaxing, filtered and serene musical atmosphere, the melodies on this album are slow, precise and quite simple, but thoroughly graceful and melancholic, at least for the most part. Although the record requires some patience, the overall musicality of Sondrous is quite consistent, playful and relevant, despite the fact that their melodies heavily relies in the most conventional elements of the genre.
Their tendency to slow down in every aspect of the music makes them sound very philosophic and occasionally romantic, though their melodies are conceived in somewhat symmetric poetic cadences, that exhale a great level of cinematic beauty adorning the world of dreams they uninterruptedly build. While the record sometimes gets very monotonous, their laborious, but coherent technique always converge to a monumental symphony of expansive grace, that shows – but at the same time, paradoxically overshadows – an exceedingly good certainty and cohesiveness about the method they display while delivering their own style.
Despite the fact that I have find the most exciting and rapid passages better, which are quite a few, the entire record is very good, despite the fact that – I should emphasize – they fall hardly sometimes in my personal scale of monotony. But I also have to highlight that these slow passages are mostly beautiful and majestic, and usually deliver an exceedingly pleasant, proverbial and dense disposition on musical sensibility.
All in all, Something Like Serenity is a good album, that showcases exactly what its title proposes: great periods of serenity. The record does have a very downplayed and explicit degree of sameness, but at the same time, possesses all the qualities necessary to please post rock enthusiasts. There is nothing here that might surprise anyone, nor for the better, neither for the worse, but Sondrous definitely has amazing musical skills, that certainly would enable them to progress, and to release very good albums in the future.