In many aspects, 'Pipe Dream' follows the path of its predecessor. Even more so, opener 'Roots' can easily be placed after 'Whale' from 'Loud To Sleep'. What we get is quite minimal post-rock, enhanced with violins. I've always loved those in this kind of music and here it's no different. Once again, these classical instruments succeed in adding a beautiful and narrative edge to the music. They make the whole thing just a little bit better.
Athough, "a little bit better" might be an understatement in this case. From 'Under An Atomic Sky' onwards, it becomes clear that Jet Plane has been working very hard and has been growing as a band. This song alone is worth the effort of buying the album. It's a classic post-rock tune with passages and soundscapes that have the abolity to get stuck in your head and conjure a blissful smile on your face all day long. This is definitely a highlight.
And there are more of those too. 'Days And Lights' is another one, one with a beautiful atmosphere. 'I Hate You Too' is a damn infectious rock track, faster than the others but nonetheless a great piece of music where even folk music comes shining through. As if the Levellers decided to write a post rock tune. I know, that's a strange reference but I don't always have to mention Godspeed, You Explosions in Mogwai's Astronaut, do I?
Anyway, if you like post rock, you'll like this album. I don't even think that's an opinion, I think that's a fact. Jet Plane are just very good at what they do. I hope that this one will finally get them the recognition and the international stages they deserve. This simply is a gem from the quieter parts of the post rock universe.