This is the second full-length release from Germany's Fonoda. With their debut album Blinker:Farben, Fonoda plundered their collection for influences -- pulling in threads from the likes of Slint, Mogwai and Low, then weaving it into an evocative tapestry that was both melancholic and beautifully optimistic. Reduced from a four piece into a trio, the revised line up of Florian Dölzer (drums), Matthias Neuefeind (guitar) and Christian Unerti (bass) now release Eventually, calling upon drum tracks recorded in 2003 as the bedrock for inspiration. Presumably named to acknowledge the extended period between catalog numbers, Eventually sees Fonoda rediscovering their love of vocals; drafting in the likes of Squares On Both Sides to bolster their own larynx excursions. Sticking to sun-blushed songs which characterized their past output, Eventually opens with "A Spiral Ant" wherein an opaque plume of chiming guitars and breathy vocals coalesce to form a slow-motion composition that has a shoegaze heart and post-rock head. Scattered throughout with samples and encroaching drones, Eventually is brimming with creative flourishes (electronic creases here, some modulated percussion there) all of which compliment the whole without attempting to detract from the overall vision. Having collaborated with Zimmer in 2004, Fonoda have brought him in on a number of tracks for production duties, lending Eventually a chopped-up atmosphere that revels in its expansive soundscapes. The shimmering cowl of "Not Dead, Just Sleeping (They Are)" and "Silence Means Disease" recalls the likes of Sigur Rós or Mogwai crossed with Slowdive, the latter track allowing some tender vocals just enough room to breathe between the bombastic choruses. "Stone Cold Seconds" employs a waterlogged beat, whilst album closer "Last Folder" is a towering epic that gives Mogwai a run for their post-rock money. About time.
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