Toma // "As We Fall Into Static Our Hearts Sing"
The grandly magnificent opening track "Sins Of A Solar Empire" brings to mind the fire of the Last Judgement. This decays into the grungy, driving blur of "This Day". The entrance having been made, the third track with its stark vocals and spacey piano is the thematic statement for the first half: "This Is The End Of Everything". Active menace builds with the appropriately named "Terrorforming", full of drama and adrenaline.
The second four tracks are a marked contrast the first. After a brief piano instrumental to steady the nerves, "Fallback Lighthorsemen" is blissfully redemptive. Then there is the hymn-like peace of "Christmas At Home". This is far from one-dimensional though--within the track is a kind of pre-nostalgia that says life is good, but it cannot continue this way for ever. The euphoric closing track "In Perfect Harmony" lyrically connects with the first half, but what is the drama that forms the album? Although initially unclear, the record seems to create its own story after a few plays.
- Sins Of A Solar Empire
- This Day
- This Is The End Of Everything
- As We Fall Into Static Our Hearts Sing
- Fallback Lighthorsemen
- Christmas At Home
- In Perfect Harmony