Fierce Panda NING183: 5th June 2006
1. Terra Nova
"Great god this is an awful place, and I do not think that we can hope, for any better things now"
"Yours is the end, I was hoping for, a nation mourns, your tragic downfall"
The 'Terra Nova' was the ship that transported Scott's doomed expedition to Antarctica. It records Scott's thoughts as he contemplates the guilt of leading his team to their deaths. It's a soaring work of thunderous Drums and shimmering Guitars.
'Fram' takes its title from the ship that bore Roald Amundsen's Norwegian team towards the South Pole. It's a desolate soundscape filled with ominous Drums, mechanical sound effects and sweeping Strings. I can't quite work out whether it's about Scott toasting Amundsen's success, or about Amundsen being envious of Scott's romanticised death. It could be both, either way it's powerful stuff.
There will be two schools of thought about this single. Is it pretentious, plodding and miserable or is it majestic, atmospheric Doom laden Rock. They always walk a tightrope between the two, but I fall into the latter camp. As with most of iLiKETRAiNS music, it's something to be "Experienced" rather than simply enjoyed.