At a first glance, you may think that there is a total absence of new elements in the album, and you can be positive about that. Nonetheless, ghost island manages to develop their music wisely, with a pragmatic and evocative set of melodies, that really exposes what the genre has to offer, at the height of its best possibilities: eccentric, but constant harmonies, a demanding, but moderate conflagration of easy rhythms played along with the spontaneity of an occasional melancholy, the concentrated harmonious terrain of a genuine liberty and a calm serenity that overlooks the abysses of a congenital sincerity inherent to the genre.
The album generally works very well towards the continuity of its outstanding peaceful and serene melodies. Although the overall sensation maybe of a despondent sonorous embrace, Assimilation has beauty, charm, elegant rhythms and a high concentration of positivity. Despite the fact that the album has little to no innovations, you will definitely amuse yourself with the profound qualities this record has to offer.
In the end, Assimilation, by ghost island, manages to a very good album. It follows very well the trail of a perfectly executed post rock, especially in the technical part, although fails ostensibly in achieving a higher, more solid, original and reverberating artistic path. Nonetheless, it’s a good record, and definitely compensates listening to it, especially if you are an ardent post rock enthusiast.