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So Close To Life

by Moonlit Sailor

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Simon Bastien
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Simon Bastien Moonlit Sailor has been one of my very first bands I found in the Post Rock universe. I instantly fell in love with the song Hope the very first time I listened it, I just became happy and hopeful straight away, so thanks a lot for that amazing song !! The rest of the album is also very good and does complete the ambiance around this very unique atmosphere ! Favorite track: Hope.
Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) "Moonlit Sailor" was - besides "Astrobotica Supra De' Nova", "Kyte", "Neil on Impression", and "Explosions in the Sky" - one of the first post-rock bands I've got interested in between 2006 and 2010, leaving a lasting impression on me. Today (2018), they still are among my favorites. Granted, they haven't invented post-rock, but their merit for the genre is that they've contributed significantly to lift it onto a high level of perfection. Well, they are from Sweden, aren't they... a country, where musical perfection is not among the rare conditions... Favorite track: Hope.
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hallowedground777 Progressive post rock with a folkish tinge here and there to the up beat soundscape they create. Favorite track: New Zealand.
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Sunbeams 05:29
Hope 05:02
Landvetter 07:17
New Zealand 05:35
Fresh Snow 05:26
1994 04:19


Moonlit Sailor isn't reinventing the post-rock genre on their sophomore full-length So Close To Life...they are well on their way to perfecting it. This Swedish outfit laces cinematic, rise-and-ripple moments with unpredictable hooks and catchy melodies that effectively hold your hand through the peaks and valleys of emotional connection within their songs. These young lasses know exactly how to snare a listener with layers and mood...slowly, effortlessly, quietly (well, not always quietly) reeling you in. An instrumentally solid, exploratory and dynamically varied album with intense depth, So Close To Life is filled with highly spiritual and epic moments. You can't judge a book (album) by its cover, but you can when the band is Moonlit Sailor. For those yearning for a post-rock masterpiece, this is essential listening. This album is that good. It gives you hope. (DER-488)

"Wow. This is...Wow! This album is damn near flawless. Hailing from Sweden, Moonlit Sailor bring you the "happier" side of instrumental rock with their album, "So Close To Life". Finding (and solidifying) their soon to be not-so-little niche in the genre, Moonlit Sailor opens up their first full-length with "Sunbeams". And to be completely honest, they suck you in with the first few chords, welcoming your with opens arms and warm hearts. If you've ever watched a movie that had a part where you knew everything was going to be all right and the darkness had passed, that's the feeling you'll get when you listen to this record. Perfect melodies effortlessly sail you on their wings of golden sound and yearn for you to acquiesce to their harmonies and emotion. A few times I even found myself humming my own melody over top of their already breath-taking songs. That's how I knew this album was amazing. It gets you to feel the music as well as wanting you to be a part of it. To create your own world inside of theirs. It's hands down one of the best instrumental CD's I've heard in a very long time. If you're a fan of instrumental rock or even if you just want a nice CD to lose yourself to, let it be this one. You won't regret it." StereoKiller

"Sweden's Moonlit Sailor, one of the highlights on the richly talented Deep Elm Records roster, seems determined not just to create music, but to create moods as well. The band, which released So Close To Life late last year, fills every track with emotion ­ the six strings of a guitar never held anyone so captivated before now. This is post-rock at its best ­ inspirational, yet accessible. There is plenty of substance to be found on So Close To Life. The tracks ebb and flow, creating a dynamic sonic canvas and a perfect launch pad for any journey ­ be it a quiet Sunday afternoon drive or a dash to the movies on a rainy Friday night. Moonlit Sailor captures atmospheres of intricate detail with their instrumental rock. Moonlit Sailor is recommended for fans of The Appleseed Cast, Explosions in the Sky and Sigur Ros." - Bloginity

"Everything about MOONLIT SAILOR's "So Close To Life" is beauty; the album artwork seems to have been painted by the music itself as it's the perfect backdrop for songs like "Hope" and "Sunbeams", which have a natural elegance and picturesqueness to them. Maybe mother nature actually gave birth to "Fresh Snow", and Adam, Markus, Oscar and Joakim found it, deciding to pass it off as their own art? They call Boras, Sweden home, where "they often experience weeks without sunlight". Which begs the question: how on earth have they created an album so beautiful, and so pure that it sounds like sunlight in such an environment? They are very guitar-driven with he rest of the instruments providing solid support to allow the guitars to roam free, crafting intricate soundscapes that can grow and culminate before seamlessly drifting to a soft, ethereal lull. Perhaps the finest example of this is the pertinently named "A Week Without Sunlight", which features not only fine soaring guitar-work, but an acoustic bridge before rising to that sweeping crescendo. "So Close To Life" is undeniably assured for a debut, and utterly breathtaking. They are on a mission to perfect post-rock, and they have the potential to do just that. They combine the euphoric feeling Sigur Ros induce with all the dynamical awe of This Will Destroy You. "So Close To Life" enkindles a sort of excitement that will render you absolutely numb." - RockFreaks



released November 18, 2009


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