I recently re-discovered This Will Destroy You’s self-titled album, and have been playing it pretty much non-stop since. It’s a post-rock album that strikes the perfect balance between soft, relaxing instrumental passages and waves of crashing guitars and percussion that ebb and flow together in the most perfect way — crushing, yet calming.
It’s the kind of album you can block the world out with and dip into your own flow. To me, it’s perfect for late night drives, or concentrating at the computer.
The Mighty Rio Grande, weighing in at over 11 minutes, is probably my favourite track, and I’ve included it here for your listening pleasure. It slowly builds to a devastatingly beautiful climax that may well actually destroy you.
The photograph above is of a section of the Hvannadalshnukur glacier in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park, a place which seems to perfectly match the epic vastness of This Will Destroy You’s music.
Slightly related to this, I recommend the docu-film Chasing Ice, photographer James Balog’s study on the retreat of glaciers in Iceland and other areas in the arctic circle. It’s probably not a spoiler to say that it’s alarmingly rapid.
Enjoy the music.