But first things first. Heron is a post rock, or ambient rock, collective from Pennsylvania, formed in 2015. Yet, the apparent core of the band has been playing in several bands for years, ranging from brutal hardcore to progressive rock. Gradually, the band started evolving and reforming into what it is now, a modern day instrumental orchestra that writes stories without pens and paints beautiful landscapes without brushes.
The funny thing is, I can hear that this is a debut but I can also hear the years of experience in making music. Most of the songs start out as typical post rock anthems, mainly inspired by bands like Explosions In The Sky, Caspian and so on. Yet, gradually, the progressive elements come shining through and, as the songs evolve, Heron easily transcends the "regular" and "generic" outputs in the scene. Furthermore, things can go pretty heavy sometimes, probably inspired by all that hardcore.
I'm not going into a song-by-song description here, there is no need to do that. Yet, I would like to mention that, apart from the blast of energy in opener 'Shores', 'Drop' is an absolute highlight. With that, I'm talking about the entire post-rock scene. This is one of those songs that can turn alternative rock fans into post rock fans, just like some Explosions In The Sky tunes have been doing for me in the past.
In the end, I have no other choice than to agree with Jan Platek, who commented: "This album is an outstanding release: 2017 starts with a masterpiece! It's a must-have this year!". I think that comment would make an excellent recap of this review, and certainly the absolute truth. And to all who say that post-rock is slowly dying out, well, screw you, you're probably not searching good enough. You need this album.