After the third “Self-Title” album released back in 2013, [ 1099 ] melodic structure and instrumental section went through several punches to attain the zenith point. And considering the approach of featuring guest appearances, such as Nikolai Sødahl on electric piano, Jørund Waagø on strings and Norwegian Saxophone Virtuoso Kåre Kolve of (Mezzoforte, Lava) on “Young Pines” liner notes, ‘clever move indeed’ I am positive to say that it is safe for us to assume something even bigger and better than the 2013 Self-Title release.
Tagged as an album, “Young Pines” spread all of its boldness air over eight movements exceeding the 1Hour mark. On such lengthy duration the band alteration between rhythmic atmospheres and ecstatic heavy ambiance is nothing but sublime. Listening is believing… the band truly shows a great deal of commitment when it comes to expansion on the instrumental side and crafting an entire album of slow-building post-rock to glacial distortions riffing noise while also retaining the melodically rich, hook-laden former ground.
The noise and the wave flow are so beautifully balanced, it’s like taking the highest point of [ 1099 ] musical career and topping it with some new and previously unfound ambitions they had been harvesting over several years. The end result nevertheless maintains a consistently engaging, rocking atmosphere. One that is dreamy yet powerful and soaked in reverb, if you are already familiar with [ 1099 ] previous titles, I can guarantee you that you'll find an exorbitant amount of love for “Young Pines”. Personally, I've been a huge fan of this moniker for years and by huge I mean an enthusiastic stalker one since the beginning of the band musically moves, I've watched them and followed their moves closely and in view of the eerie and tension filled sound of “Young Pines”, for the most part, I’d say the album takes on a solid instrumental but heavy wah wah approach. It’s the kind of sound that will stick with you for days and months.
As you would notice on this album the long song structures which in many ways make much of this album, the band exclusive approach take on incorporating post rock elements more than before, while they manage to retain their signature sound. “Young Pines” is another step in a journey through various noise frequencies and while “Machine!Fire!Ghost”, “Any Day Now” and the “Self-Title” releases also reveal comprehensible textures, “Young Pines” to my musical point of view is probably [ 1099 ] most colourful release with premeditated textures. Yes, on various levels “Young Pines” also share a lot of common with the previous titles, but here… an emphasis on instrumentals paved the band on a path none like other. [ 1009 ] has simply mastered themselves in picking off notes that build brilliant melodies upon each other and in character. So whether or not you are familiar with [ 1009 ] works, this new release is an album that stands on its own like beast. This is an EXCELLENT ALBUM that all post-rock fans should own.