by Ala Muerte
PG016 - 2008
Santa Elena, the debut full-length from Ala Muerte, is a rich, ethereal excursion filled with beautiful sadness. Conceptually moving from the apocalyptic to a state of new beginning, Santa Elena explores solitude and personal growth through melodic tension and environmental metaphor. Layers of guitar and vocals swirl beneath softly sung lyrics. Gentle vocal melodies float atop dissonant sound collages sculpted from field recordings. Tension ebbs and flows throughout, only to explode with the introduction of a full drum kit on the closing track.