ERAAS - ERAAS
Gaining a sense of place from a piece of art, whether that is a painting, book, play, poem or a piece of music, has always been one of the most rewarding qualities that art can provide us with. It is safe to say that most people have a favourite book, painting or album that succeeds in the task of immersing you in its world, even if just for a few moments it takes you away from reality to that abstract place that is untouchable but so real at the same time. This notion of place is achieved perfectly within the forthcoming achingly moody and atmospheric debut album from Brooklyn outfit ERAAS, which transports us to a shadowy dream full of haunted corridors and empty fields reverberating with the sound of raindrops and melancholy.
The band, who are a reincarnation of the New England based ATP-signed Apse, chose to create their self titled debut ERAAS in the hope of producing darker, more ritualistic and atmospheric themed music, which is as textural and rich as it is eerie and nightmarish. The band’s founding members Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz went in search for a place where they could isolate the mood they were striving for and translate it straight to a record, they settled on an eerie mansion in western Massachusetts. The area they recorded in swells with history and atmosphere and its deserted hill towns shaped the ominous sound that they arrived with at the end of recording, which can be as musically grand as it can be hauntingly sombre.
The songs on ERAASare built around forceful, ritualistic percussion and throbbing basslines which are then adorned with fragile guitars, hypnotic synthscapes and ethereal vocals which freckle the dark undertones with a majestic and haunting air that is inescapable throughout the whole album. It opens with 'Black House', a chilling instrumental track that contains weeping strings and the sounds of wind chimes rattling against a strong wind, it sets up the atmosphere for the album and leads seamlessly, just as the rest of the album does, into the next song 'A Presence', which starts off with tribal percussion and bass until the ghostly vocals enter and set a chill on the whole track. 'Brair Path' is another song from the record that is driven by tribal percussions and ghostly vocals but includes more spidery guitar playing that creates fragile chinks in the strong backbone of the bass and percussion.
ERAAS succeeds in being one of those pieces of art that can transport us to a place that can be revisited at any time just by listening. The inescapable moods and atmosphere created by the album instantly brings a chill to the spine and a dreamlike (or nightmarish) landscape that is well worth visiting again and again.