\"Stone Academy\" picks up where 2005\'s brilliant \"Ink\" (recently reissued on CD by Loose Thread Recordings) left off. It balances the simple beauty of guitar-based songs with overwhelming, dark drones. The combination is as powerful as it is intricate. Each note, each chord is carefully chosen and perfectly placed; they never take too long or push too much. The attention to detail is magnificent. Zelienople have mastered the art of making expansive, luminescent drones sound as organic as the soil beneath your feet. \"Stone Academy\" reverberates like it\'s planted deep inside a lost cavern, hidden miles beneath the surface waiting for excavation.
With rich textures and challenging soundscapes, \"Stone Academy\" is a wholly satisfying listening experience. The darkness is only a canvas for the light of these compositions to shine through. Zelienople offer up one of the year\'s finest aural adventures.