By Le Loup
Inspired by the tale of a man's journey in a time of crisis, re: Dante's 'Inferno', The Throne Of The Third Heaven... is the debut album from the Washington based Le Loup.
Though the band now compromises of seven members, The Throne Of The Third Heaven... was actually produced before the band even fully formed. As a result, all instrumental and vocal parts were recorded entirely by leader Sam Simkoff.
With a likeness to Panda Bear or a less audacious adaptation of Animal Collective, Le Loup's ambitious experimental folk-tinged stylings are still a welcome addition to the indie pallet.
You could have easily grown tired of the simple melodies played out on guitar, banjo or keyboard had there been nothing there to compliment such a platform, but the inclusion of the interestingly layered vocal harmonies bring a real sense of deep complexity and occasional euphoria, ensuring that the listener is saved from any chance of mind-numbing boredom.
Notable moments include 'Le Loup (Fear Not)' 'We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!' and 'Breathing Raptures' but the elation experienced during album closer 'I Had a Dream I Died' provides us with a winner.
Overall, Le Loup's debut album is a mildly accomplished collection of songs which grow with each listen, not for one minute would you guess that this record was the subject of the limitations of one man. And with an extra six added heads to call upon in the future, you can only just begin to imagine what this band might come up with next.