Written and performed by Ranges - C. Blessum • M. Levy • W. Raska
Recorded, mixed and mastered by C. Blessum at The Low Country, Bozeman, MT.
Artwork, production and distribution by A Thousand Arms. | Copyright MMXV - A Thousand Arms Music
After last year’s eponymous EP “Bonhoeffer” which shows a strict sense of calmness and control, we’ve been itching to share more from the Bozeman, Montana outfit Ranges. With its latest instalment “Night and Day”, Ranges demonstrate the ability to create another beautiful atmosphere that is perplexing and sophisticated as well as enormous and intimate at the same time. Processing a subtle mix of piano, light weight guitars, drums, bass and percussion “Night and Day” is the result of a 24 minute effort with an entirely distinct sound bursting with profound beauty.
The plus side of this new release, as opposed to the other releases, is its cinematic direction. Ranges’ latest release is incredibly stunning in the sense that the sound created by the outfit is rather emotional in contrast to being extremely heavy with loud distortion. And that awesome approach is simply a journey with a purpose to awaken one sensitive side while being pushed by expressive sound waves that appeals to sentiment and tender emotions.
Another interesting factor, other than this release is indeed more of a cinematic approach and of an emotional impact, is that “Night & Day” looks, gives, feels and sounds more of a humble release rather than a high-profile one, but its excitement and thrill reside in the depth of its twenty-four minutes duration. “Night & Day”, subtle in its own way is a super-active listen as it communicates with its listeners from the very beginning of the movement. The slow-pace drumming and direct post-rock guitar approach tosses an exquisite ambient side and an additional layer to the project. Piano, strings and percussion enrich “Night & Day” with diverse timbres that are particularly effective with a long-lasting euphoria effect. I’ve listened to this nearly half an hour piece more than twenty times since the release date and I am still not over it.
Considering all of the above, I know I’ve expressed my enjoyment of “Night & Day” more towards the release being calm and subtle, but make no mistake here as Ranges do have a tactical approach when it comes to revealing the thin line between relaxing sounds that generally lead listeners to a serene land and other worldly distortion menaces that are simply and utterly compelling in various proportions. All it takes in [ Ranges – Night & Day ] case is the switch of a pedal and you are instantly flipped from one world to the other in the most powerful way. And that is a trick the band does so skilfully without you even realizing it. “Night & Day” is one hell of an amazing piece. Check it out guys!!!