Every time I’ve been to Montana, I’ve not wanted to leave. The beauty of its pristine wilderness is breathtaking and leaves me speechless every time. Perhaps that is why the music of This Is A Process Of A Still Life works so well without vocals. Words simply can’t describe how the mountains just rise up from wide-open plains and touch the bluest skies imaginable. On their second full-length Light it is obvious that place and their geographic location play a big part in their music.
“Montana’s been my biggest influence in writing, especially Missoula,” says bassist Jason Ward. “It’s so majestic and just really inspiring—I would say more than any place I’ve ever been.” – Missoula Independent
TIAPOASL is an instrumental rock band from Missoula, Montana and their music is full of heavily layered instrumentation with pianos and guitars weaving together subtle yet captivating melodies that seem to float effortlessly through the air like they are part of the natural land(sound)scape. Unlike many of their contemporaries, they don’t drone and repeat or up the heaviness-factor to make the music hypnotic and powerful. They just have a knack for creating melodies and textures that infuse a little Americana into their soaring post-rock.
As dense and intricate as TIAPOASL’s songs are, they still have a very open and uncluttered feeling which gives their richly colored sonic textures room to breathe. Right now I’d love to get away from the hustle and bustle of this (sub)urban sprawl and have a little room to breathe as well. Listening to this music makes me realize that I can’t wait to get back to Montana and it’s grand expansive vistas. Until then… Light can be purchased here. RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Tristeza, Pelican