People Of The North (Kid Millions and Bobby Matador of Oneida, with appearances by Shahin Motia and Barry London of the same fame) have taken the earthly delights of their first LP, "Deep Tissue", and launched it through the stratosphere and into the chaos of the outer reaches with "Steep Formations".POTN's previous LP, "Deep Tissue", is rooted in the sun, sea, earth, and sky, suggested particularly by "The Vastest Island" and "Summer Leaves", whereas "Steep Formations" fills the void of outer space with wind-swept organ and synth tones and drums that roll and pound like a meteor storm. The album art for the two POTN LPs focus on the surreal in nature (trees, it seems, in particular) with "Deep Tissue"'s rich, wooded forest, and "Steep Formations"'s gnarled, twisted tree, pointed upwards and into the skies above. You are about to be cast into otherworldly sounds - prepare yourself!
"Steep Formations" is a double LP consisting of two pieces; "Border Waves" parts 1 and 2, and the title track "Steep Formations", each track encompassing two sides of both LPs respectively. The album opens with the hum of a synth, and seconds later, fierce, epic drums hit with a sonic blast while the synth and organ swell and peak in part one of "Border Waves". The pace waxes and wanes as the piece progresses but never halts, slowly ebbing out. The sci-fi infused synth kicks out the second part, followed by a reprise of pummeling drums, bringing "Border Waves" to a climax before subsiding into drawn-out organ drone.The drone continues in the title track, "Steep Formations" like an awakening beast. Consistency is the key for this second piece of the record; the ascending glacial texture through oscillations of sound create an ethereal, albeit intense atmosphere that envelops the cosmos and evokes the sublime for the following thirty-odd minutes.
It is a difficult record to listen to at first by being frightening, overwhelming, and beautiful at the same time; and clocking in at well over an hour through four sides of an LP, it's a lot to swallow. Utilize the free download of the "Steep Formations" LP and go forth to embrace the incredible force that is People Of The North's "Steep Formations", best enjoyed amongst the splendor of the outdoors. It will change your life. It's a beautiful thing, and no one should miss out on it.