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Landing - Heart Finds the Beat (2012)

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Published on Apr 11, 2012

First single from Connecticut ambient/space rock band Landing's first album in six years. Video directed by Aaron Snow.

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Following a handful of personal and personnel changes before finally resurfacing in 2009 with a 7" for Geographic North's You Can't Hide Your Love Forever series, a release that served as a catalyst for husband-and-wife team Aaron & Adrienne Snow to start working on a new batch of Landing songs along with longtime member Daron Gardner, the group now returns with "Landing," a rebirth of a band who's honed and perfected their sound for the last 13 years. Although the songs on Landing are much more concise and focused, the warm textures and hypnotic tones are all there. Songs like "Heart Finds the Beat" feature Adrienne's ethereal vocals of shoegaze stalwarts My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, the forceful rhythm of Ride, and anxious tendencies of The Cure or The Smiths. Centering on reverb-addled guitar and shrouded in icy synths reminiscent of gothic post-punk, the song is a full-on barrage of careening nostalgia.

What's immediately apparent in the band's new sound is a focus on rhythm and direction. Earlier outings Oceanless (Strange Attractors Audio House) and Circuit (Music Fellowship) were heavy on epic soundscapes and bottomless drones. It wasn't until Seasons (Ba-Da-Bing!), Passages Through and Sphere (both on K Records) when Landing began heading in a more song-oriented direction, while retaining the group's penchant for blissed-out drift.

2005's Brocade (Strange Attractors) rode a wave of forceful percussion and circular patterns, but played it close to the warm, meditative repetition of Landing's drifting melodies. 2006's Gravitational IV (Equation Records) sprawled in an out of kraut territories, re-purposing Klaus Dinger's classic motorik beat for elevating results. That album was by far the culmination of Landing's sound, but stood as the group's last recording for four years.

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