Fools Tongue takes on the end of the world

Central Alberta band with Millet, Maskwacis ties release second full length abbum

It is a tall order, bringing forward the idea of creating a musical album that will embody humanity at the end of the world and then actually creating it, Fools Tongue has delivered wonderfully with its most recent album, Sky.

The album and its track list of 12 songs is not quite like anything I have heard before, but the music is fascinating all the same.

With such an intangible and fluid as the end of the world, Fools Tongue really delved into so many different emotions, anger, defiance, love, to name a few, to masterfully avoid creating a flat caricature of their idea.

Although Sky is a rock album, with a nod to the sounds of Imagine Dragons and Arcade Fire, both influences on the album, the band was seamlessly able to incorporate other genres and elements into the songs.

From choirs and ethereal operatic elements to a few hints to techno, the different vibes coming from each song keep the album from becoming too heavy — in terms of doom and gloom — and redundant.

Although not the title or lead track, I Won’t Bow is one of the most memorable and provoking songs from the album. The theme of not simply giving in when the end/death comes calling is inspiring. But more than that fighter’s lyrics and drums of the song really make it a strong backbone for the album.

On the flip side, the title track Sky provides a soft, angelic love song to balance out the aggression that comes with I Won’t Bow.

While I enjoy each song on the album as an in the moment experience I’ve found they have little staying power in the head, which is no testament to the hard work and talent put into the music and is more due to my affinity for other musical styles.

Just Posted

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff’s vehicles were also involved in the collision that closed down one lane

Trip about delving into Bashaw’s family history

Founder’s relative receives special proclamation, learns more historic family details

Storm rips through central Alberta

Hail pelts region causing damage to farmland, plus communities in Ponoka, Bashaw and Stettler

Woman jumps in front of semi on Highway 2

Potentially tragic event averted on QEII with help of Ponoka ITU members

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake elects its new MLA

The by-election was held in the riding on July 12

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

WATCH: Joe Hittel is the number one fundraiser in Northern Alberta for Rope for Hope

Hittel of Red Deer raised $14,000 for Make A Wish event

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

Warnings considered effective flag ailments smoking can cause, like colorectal and stomach cancers

Canada’s title hopes quashed at Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

On the men’s side, Canada was eliminated in the round of 16 as they were shut out by Argentina 28-0

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Alexander Gerst becomes an astronaut musician with live performance from International Space Station

Four people taken by STARS to Edmonton

Blackfalds RCMP investigates single vehicle rollover south of Hwy 11A

Most Read