There is something inherently soothing about listening to an incredibly well executed instrumental album like Toundra’s IV. Sometimes you do just need to sit back and enjoy music for what it is. There doesn’t need to be a mission behind an album, or a message. You can just enjoy music for what it is, and the beauty surrounding it. Music brings out so many different, varied, emotions in people that sometimes it’s fantastic to get a piece of music that each person can connect to for different reasons.
‘IV’ is unsurprisingly the fourth album to come from Toundra, a post-rock instrumental band from Madrid. With an album like ‘IV’ all you can do is dive straight in and take the beast head on. What Toundra have managed to do is layer their music quite intricately, and it’s within these layers that people pick out the emotions and imagery that they wish to take from the album. There is a story attached to the music, about two foxes escaping their burning forest, and eventually their lost home, but that isn’t exactly necessary to know to get the most out of the album, in fact you will essentially get the most out of it if you dive in unguided.
The album is both inherently soothing and dark at the same time, with each track twisting their sound that little bit to create a different emotion, or set a different scene. ‘Kitsune’ for example is a fairly classic post-rock track, with intricate guitar tones and a driving drum beat behind to lead you through the journey. It is tracks like ‘Viesca’ though that really tells the harrowing tale they wish to tell. Essentially the track is a sombre and uplifting track until the final few seconds where the mood suddenly changes and you really get this feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach.
It’s always great to see band pushing the boundaries of music and attempting something different, and attempting to drive different emotions from people. Toundra have the ability to create such intricate and beautiful post-rock music, that it really does need time spending on it, in order to either full understand the story the band are trying to tell, or to fully form your own interpretations on the album as a whole. The instrumentals are sublime, and honestly the fact that you can make this album so personal is just another reason to give it a go.