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God is an Astronaut: Far From Refuge - Album Review

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by J (subscribe)
Published August 20th 2012
For those who like their music un-sung

Coming from probably the best-named province ever, God is an Astronaut are an instrumental band from Glen of the Downs, Ireland.

Released in 2007, Far From Refuge is a beautifully crafted album, and an incredible set of songs to relax to. As a five piece, you'll still find the standard rock ensemble (minus the vocalist of course), however the way these guys play creates an epic and multi-layered sound.

Tracks like "Tempus Horizon" demonstrate the band's skill at building on a song, gently pulling the listener into the soundscape, adding layer upon layer until the ultimate climax, where God is an Astronaut really prove that emotion is not just for pretty words.
Full track listing

While this album isn't quite my favorite from their collection ("Suicide by Star from All is Violent, All is Bright is easily my favorite song), its still an amazing album.

One of the most interesting things about the band is their ability to inject a subtle sense of sadness into many of their tracks. While this is present, God is an Astronaut are not what I would describe as depressing, but rather they are tranquil, and very introspective.

A definite recommendation for the listener who wants to relax, and escape into a landscape of truly epic music.
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