Hiraeth: a word without a concrete English translation. While evading an unequivocal definition, it exudes melancholy. Those who have attempted to define it describe the word as a mixture of homesickness, nostalgia, grief, and longing. It is the oppressive guilt associated with memories now passed; the bitter remembrance of joyous occasions that can never be revisited. It is also the title of Shy, Low’s upcoming full-length album, due November 13th on Spartan Records. Just like the word Hiraeth itself, Shy, Low’s continual evolution make them a band that is not easy to define. While it would be convenient to corral the band into the bucket of canonical post-rock bands like Mono, Mogwai, and This Will Destroy You, on "Hiraeth", Shy, Low’s eclectic palate of musical influences are showcased more broadly than ever before. The band earnestly sifts through the complex relationship between music, art, and the emotions that encapsulate the human experience — and in doing so, they’ve successfully created a brilliantly moving, yet strangely bittersweet 43 minute aural journey.
released November 13, 2015
Recorded, produced, and mixed by Allen Bergendahl at Scott’s Addition Sound in Richmond, VA. Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering.
The fact that music this complex and intricate can carry this much emotional depth is staggering. Creating walls of sound, and crescendos throughout these wonderful tracks, they seem to effortlessly shift into passages of mellow beauty. I’m awestruck by these compositions.... CARPAGE