Written by: Chuck
Gates To The Morning are a worldy band.
Not as in world music, rather, they have a stunning ability to craft a recognizable and familiar world in which their sound lives. All of their songs have a distinct connective tissue that binds them to a common essence. There is a mythology to their timbre; concept albums for sonic expression.
Walk Between Worlds delivers both a response to, and a continuation of, their stunning 2019 debut Return to Earth, revisiting lyrics and melodies in a progression and expansion of that message. “I have never seen your colors that way” is a strikingly apt description of the music, being that most songs are reworked versions of their presentation in the debut. None lose their general shape and all retain a recognizability and connection to the original form. That is not to say there is no new material--there certainly is, and it is cohesively blended together creating a work that stands on its own.
The album is a celebration of instrumentation, with most of the emotional transfer occurring as a result from the space given to each of the instruments to carry forward harmonies of each song. The lyrics are a haiku of sorts, with more being said with less. This is an album that speaks far beyond lyrical conveyance; the listener must relent from life’s distractions and immerse themselves in the whole sound of the album in order to fully translate and appreciate its essence.
However, one passage needs no meditative contemplation to find connection and provides an instantly relatable bond. It is once again the title track of the debut, Return to Earth. Stripped bare to a captivating piano melody, Sean Meyers takes over for Meg Moyer as vocalist for this version and delivers the stunning lyrics that were such an amazing standout on the first record. They speak directly to anyone who has lost someone they loved. Anyone in need of another in a deep and meaningful way. Anyone lost in this world. Anyone contemplating leaving the Earth by their own hand. Sean warmly, but convincingly, beckons and implores the listener to stay, and it is impossible not to find an inextricable connection of heart, Earth, sky, space, and heavens.
The warmth of this album is palpable and there is a brilliant balance between the new layering and presentation of their previous work, with the continuation of new concepts that will lead to their next releases. This is an exciting time to be a Gates fan, as Walk Between Worlds is the first in a trilogy that will undoubtedly continue the strength and success of the band’s first two albums.
Gates to the Morning is a world band. Find your place in it.
I'll catch you when you’re fading
My heart will always sing your song
Earth is the place you belong now
And when you’re weak, I am strong
It’s not your time to leave it all behind
This is not your curtain call
Stay with me
Stay with me……
Gates To The Morning - Walk Between Worlds was released July 22nd, 2022. Find it here!
Author's bio: Chuck has been living on a healthy diet of metal and pizza since age 14. He believes Peter Steele is a god and that Deliverance/ Damnation is a better album than Blackwater Park. He writes (poorly) for Sleeping Village Reviews since 2020.
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