Arbouretum have been steadily climbing to an album of this magnitude since 2003. Song of the Pearl consists of one epic folk anthem after another, with the band’s sound bigger than ever before. This is by far the band's most cohesive work to date.
Previous efforts Long Live the Well-Doer and Rites of Uncovering eluded to greatness, culminating into what is to be released via Thrill Jockey on March 10th. Having crooned my ears for weeks now, this album is a grower that is majestic even upon first listen.
The album portrays vast sounds of indescribable doom, with no thought left unanswered. The LP is clean and crisp, but with a dark and jagged feel in all the right places.
I highly recommend indulging in this record. Vinyl is limited to 1000 pressings, but it will be available digitally as well. Arbouretum's CD release party will be this Tuesday, March 3rd. The show is at the Talking Head, with Meg Baird and James Blackshaw opening. It would not be a good plan to miss this one.