From The Petrified Forest are a four-piece band from Oregon, Portland, that play a mixture of post-rock and post-metal, all welded together with magical hints of shoegaze and convention. The attraction behind this band is their use of the deceptively simple and their exploration of the not so simple.
The band has released two other EPs on Bandcamp, both are, like EP we’ll be looking at today, Mostly Mort, very short. However the tracks that are on these EPs all encompass more movement and progression than most bands’ full length releases.
I really enjoyed the trickery at the start of this album; the pleasing reverb guitar that just potters around like a lonely mouth until, wham. The drums start exploding and the distortion kicks the door in, rounding housing all occupants.
Mostly Mort seems to be giving off a very similar sound, I think to instrumentation of Deaf Heaven’s most recent album, Sunbather. There are these moments of heavenly calm bars that are contrasted so well with the devilish distortions. The EP has very loud and at time uplifting moments, but at the same time, it can also be incredibly brutal. Take for example the angry and abrasive riffing at the end of the tune Make Beautiful Things, Nothing Else, it shows that this band can not only work the chill moments, but also the extreme.
That Old Gold, starts with some tricky bass glides along, soon enough, with some cute guitars and in this moment, everything all feels very space-rock, or even space-opera(ish); everything is massive, spacious and over-the-top. This song glows with atmosphere and beauty, especially when the speed is kicked up a gear or two and everything starts caving in around you; it does it in a way that feels magnificent.
This EP is a fun day at the fair with distortion pedals and fleeting moments on the merry-go-round with spacious clean guitars; great from from the opening chord to the closing fade-out. No bombastic tarty ending, just a final chord that quickly fades out. Proper delight.
If you’ve enjoyed any of the tunes you’ve heard, you may as well head over to their Bandcamp and download the album, it is free and any support these lot can get, is good support.