Standing outside with my headphones on, gazing out across the melting tundra and smelling the scent of snow seeping back into the earth, beckoning new life, Worm Ouroburos latest release, “Come The Thaw” completely encompassed the emotional incitement of the landscape. Stitching an imprint to the most inner workings of my soul, this album keeps you focused on the beautiful transformation, gliding you over trickling droplets of guitar, brushed drums and trailing cymbals, held up by some powerful bass. Worm Ouroburos have managed to make a very distinct and positive progression from their 2009 self-titled release, alleviating some minute traces of heavier doom elements for a melodically smooth bed of ambiance, reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and Jarboe.
Oozing of instrumentally emotive curves and the siren-like vocals of Lorraine Rath (Amber Asylum, The Gault) and Jessica Way (Barren Harvest, World Eater), and involuntary, yet welcomed sedation slows your pulse and leaves you paralyzed during tracks like ‘Release Your Day’s’ and ‘Penubra’ where the waiting between notes expands. There’s also a strong jazz influence, in particular with Aesop Dekker (Ludicra/Agalloch) on drums and Jessica Way’s guitar. The dark ambiance and occasional lounge vibe would make any fan of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble apt to submit an ear to their lustrous sound with ease.
‘When We Are Gold’, probably one of the closest in relation to the sound of their self-titled contains some heavier doomy guitar riffs, cascading into tranquil, dark lullabies and weaves back under veils of thick and desperate instrumentals. ‘Withered’ is probably my favorite track on the record, evoking sentiments of being trapped under the glassy surface of a frozen pool, gazing up at the world through icy the distortion, hopeless and hollow. The heaviness of the center of this track crashes down on any previous misconceptions of this band being lighthearted, if you somehow hadn’t already fallen victim to the harsh undertow of Worm Ouroboros compositional equation that is.
I’m very impressed with this bands latest effort and can only anticipate which direction they will head with their next release. For now though, sit back, let go and allow “Come The Thaw”’s atmospheric presence to engage you in reflection.