The Pilgrim,Their God and the King of My Decrepit Mountain by Tapir!

Release date: January 26, 2024
Label: PIAS

If you think that the name of the debut album by the South London six-piece Tapir!The Pilgrim, Their God and the King of My Decrepit Mountain in some ways reminds us of Godspeed! You Black Emperor, think twice. Or maybe just once, but for a different reason than the music itself.

And, no it is not just the length of the title of the album itself, although that might play some part here. It is the complexity and intricacy of the music concept, that has more to do with a general idea this collective (Ike Gray (vocals/guitar), Will McCrossan (keys/drum machine), Tom Rogers-Coltman (guitar/saxophone), Ronnie Longfellow (bass), Emily Hubbard (cornet/synth) and Wilf Cartwright (drums/cello)) wants to present through their music that in this case has more to do with any form of folk music than just complex prog or post-rock Godspeed! deals with.


Still, the complexity and tangible connections with both prog and post-rock exist in the music of Tapir! as the band members seem to be so well versed in all the genres they infuse into their music and that range is audibly quite wider than the three mentioned here.

Yet, Tapir! don’t waste their obvious wide musical knowledge on just empty presentations of their musical diversity and capability, but come up with a thoughtful musical and lyrical concept, that can easily be turned into a theatre-worthy musical that the audience would need to see a few times to grasp both its width and breath.

You can hardly do better as far as debut albums go than Tapir! come up with here.

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