Thanks to the awesome folks of the Russian music site, Muzoic.ru for their wonderful and thoughtful review of our new album, Bending Light. I'm lucky enough to have some colleagues at work that were kind enough to help translate it for us! You can checkout the full review here, and our translation below (keep in mind certain phrases didn't have exact English translations):
ISLES released a new album named Bending Light. It's a fresh studio album, that contains 9 tracks, was released on 10/20, and was self-published.
The musical collective from Oakland, ISLES isn't chasing after commercial ideas/goals but creates masterpieces for the people. The beginning of this wonderful tradition begins with Bending Light. It would be wrong to compare Bending Light and its authors with orthodox post-rock. there are much more emotions than [typically found] in post rock and definitely (slang) and as far musical (something) musicians don't hear in typical movements in complex music.
Practically everything you will hear is not annoying riffs but instrumental confessions of few people. The depth of Bending Light is amazing. the album isn't rushed and its slow current takes you to the sources of nirvana and peace/serenity. Without a doubt, this zen has a pinch of sadness, which is present in every melody/picture.
Usually, instrumental releases don't get much accolades from critics, but Bending Light is different. Possibly, it would not be a very correct comparison, but there's something common between ISLES and Chon -- except Chon has more dynamics and major keys, but fans should consider that. Bending Light from ISLES is pleasant, midnight work [we couldn't quite figure out what they meant by this], and probably the most kind to you, dear listeners.
Thanks again for all the kind words!
-Ivan | ISLES