Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rosetta: The Galilean Satellites (4.5/5)

Year: 2005
Label: Translation Loss
Genre: Experimental Epic Sludge
TRT: 60:05

Taking the lead from Neurosis, The Galilean Satellites was released as a two disc set designed to be played simultaneaously. The first disc is the sludge disc, while disc two is experimental ambient noise tracks. And while it may seem slightly pretentious to release an album this way, conceptually it's pretty cool. The album tells the story of a (possibly French) "space man" who grows weary of the Earth and decides to find a better place to call home, but eventually returns when he realizes he left behind all he loved. The story of the first disc is enhanced by the second, because all the tracks are named after stars, and they exude the feeling of floating through space. When combined (as they are here), the sum becomes greater than it's parts, creating a massive, white giant of an album that sucks you in and won't let you go.

01 Departe/Deneb
02 Europa/Capella
03 Absent/Beta Aquilae
04 Itinérant/Ross 128
05 Au Pays Natal/Sol

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