The Scottish Enlightenment - St Thomas
- Hamish Gibson
- 15 December 2010
Scottish post-rockers' tremoring and reverbing at the brink of eruption
Scottish post-rock is unique in its ability to give overblown orchestral compositions a flavour of brash reality, with the use of the harsh accent harnessed so well by bands like The Twilight Sad.
The Scottish Enlightenment’s debut album, St Thomas, charts the rise of intellectual growth against a feeling of ever degrading self-worth, both personally and collectively. Detailing the internal collapse of existential faith, it deals with the dark realisations of a once religious man in ‘The First Will Be Last’ and our irrational fear of the unknown in ‘Earth Angel – With Sticks In Crypt’.
The music is like a rougher Explosions in the Sky, tremoring and reverbing at the brink of eruption, matching the album’s lyrical themes.