Gifts From Enola • Live at dunk!festival 2019 [Video]
After a 6-year hiatus Gifts From Enola reunited for two show - one in Brooklyn, NY and one at dunk!festival - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘From Fathoms’. For this occasion they remixed and remastered the old tracks and dunk!records released it on double LP.
Enjoy their set once more!
In 2009 this group of college friends released From Fathoms, a record that is notable for its decisive insistence on creating its own rules and the palpable sense of creative joy that exudes from nearly every note, every dynamic shift, every moment that gifts the listener something entirely unexpected and wholly welcome. Drawing inspiration from the deep well of inspired post-hardcore and prog-leaning bands that characterized the richly rewarding early-aughts American alternative music scene, Gifts From Enola was able to flawlessly transpose that energy and vitality into primarily instrumental soundscapes, expanding the palette and the possibilities of a musical form that was already flush with enthusiastic invention. Throughout From Fathoms eight tracks there is a sense of excitement and creative outpouring that sets Gifts From Enola apart from some of their more carefully-measured contemporaries. Their willingness to let everything to hang out, to leave nothing on the table, is what gave them their vitality, and a liveliness of creative spirit that is tangible. This is one of those rare records where you can literally feel the joy with which the band approached their compositions.
Having recorded the record entirely on their own as young musicians in a studio on their college campus, the one thing From Fathoms lacked was the strength of production that their later albums would possess. Now approaching its tenth anniversary, the band has teamed with producer Will Benoit (Junius, Caspian, Constants) for a new mix and master that brings the album into the present day with a renewed fierceness and clarity of vision that demands re-discovery. When you explore tracks like “Trieste,” “Thawed Horizon” or “Aves,” you will see a band that deserved to be considered alongside the juggernauts of their era. With dunk!records brand new release of From Fathoms listeners will finally have the opportunity to hear this record as it was meant to be heard, and the experience will leave no one wanting.
— text by David Zeidler at Young Epoch
Cover picture by Lenscapes (Wouter De Bolle)