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Pelican : Pelican

To me, Pelican was an unknown name until they sent me their self-titled debut album. With their peculiar band name I was unsure as to what to expect. But I must say, getting to know them was more than just a pleasant experience.

Pelican themselves note that they can be filed next to bands as diverse as Godflesh, Earth and even Mogwai. The Earth reference definitely holds true the most, as Pelican are one of those ever-illusive drone acts. Generally speaking, I am not a huge Drone-doom fan, but Pelican somehow got to me. They know how to twist this ordinarily rather repetitive genre, devoid of melody, into something that is actually melodic. If it weren't a contradiction in terms, and if I didn't know better, I would describe this band as melodic drone!

The album is entirely instrumental, the music being based on feedback and down-tuned vibrations. However the strong the drone feeling is, it is systematically broken by melodic passages and endless variation through repetitive riffs. While this perhaps sounds like a contradiction, Pelican have, nonetheless, pulled it off successfully by taking small melodic riffs, down tuning some - but by no means all - and repeating them extensively.

All the band members seem to be in tune with one and other and this assures that what we get is a whole that is more then the sum of its parts, as well as ensuring that the music flows, rhythmically zoning you out to another place and time without you even realising it. And because Pelican don't abuse their instruments as much as some other drone bands, the music never becomes tiresome or difficult to listen to. It simply flows, never ending... it just continuously flows and flows and flows and flows and... Like a pleasant dream you can't wake from.

To describe it in two words would be "simply amazing"! Pelican has really managed to surprise me and I am sure their CD will find its way into my CD player a lot in the years to come. Because they aren't as extreme as some other Drone acts they are also very well suited for people just getting into Drone but their album might be hard to find, so I suggest you contact the band for further information; e-mail them at pelicans@cometlink.com or snail mail $5 cash or money order (that is without P&P, e-mail the band for details) to

Pelican c/o Trevor DeBrauw.
PO Box 6347,
Evanston, IL 60204,

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Pulse
2. Mammoth
3. Forecast for today
4. The Woods

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes.

Visit the Pelican bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Rotten Copper
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