Spaces is an American instrumental post-rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. They are typically known for their exploration of various genres, often following celestial themes, and have released two full-length albums to date. Florida natives and longtime friends, guitarist Duke Ahrens and drummer Franco Colon began writing and recording together in 2008. These collaborations would serve as the beginning of their first album, Voyage. For their debut, Spaces wrote and recorded a new song every month, with each one linking to the next by similar sounds and sonic qualities.
Local artist and friend, James Sanford, then provided unique artwork for each song, and occasional guest musicians were brought in for additional support. The album was released over an 8 month period, and ended with a total track-listing of 10 songs, spanning over an hour of music.
Spaces returned two years later with their sophomore album, titled Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void. For the recording of their second album, Ahrens and Colon built a recording studio on a decommissioned ferryboat, and once again enlisted the help of local musicians to perform additional instrumentation. Unlike Voyage, Spaces opted to release the album all at once instead of their previous song-a-month approach. The release of this album was preceded by a promotional teaser video, which featured Ahrens and Colon performing with supporting musicians, as well as footage of the scenery surrounding their boat studio. [ According to the band, they have begun practicing for an eventual live show, a first for the studio band ].
[ RELEASE NOTE ]2011 Title [ Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void ] added. Celestial themes such as violent star systems and lunar tranquility set the groundwork for [ Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void ] the sophomore release from Brooklyn-based band, Spaces. Band members [ Duke Ahrens and Franco Colon ] continued with an unconventional approach to songwriting by building a recording studio in a decommissioned ferryboat. The pair drew inspiration from their surroundings to create music that reflects the beauty and wonders of the Universe. This ambitious album encompasses a sonic landscape from intense rhythmic movements to introspective orchestral pieces, making Spaces voyagers of the over-saturated post-rock galaxy. THINK... [ Russian Circles ] ~ [ Cripple Black Phoenix ] ~ [ Pelican ] Topped with [ Pink Floyd ].
[ ALBUM REVIEW ] ~ "Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void" was submitted to "The Sirens Sound" few days ago and since then, the album has been on repeat play all the way from every possible angles. From the artist BandCamp, to the downloaded file and the band MySpace, you name it... I must have listened to this title dozens of times in just couple of days. The overall outcome of the album holds some spectacular moment from the very start till the end. Slightly different as oppose to their previous title [ Voyage ] which is also a real gem.
[ Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void ] leads to a different thought patterns, where the band approach predominantly aimed at slashing guitars and distorted effect. That said cello, piano and sax’ are bonus points that broaden the album flaw to jaw dropping natural creativity sound breaks. The level of experimentation and the dedication of creating something within the realm and the domain of sound have lead to something far more than the basic post-rock structure and the entity of plain experimental music. Attribution of emptiness, void alongside with sturdy and robust distortion effects completely curved, enticing its listener’s undivided attention “almost like it's from outer-space”. And yes, the guitars are truly remarkable in its majestic way of leaving you in a hypnotic idle state of mind in between [ Russian Circles ] and [ Pink Floyd ].
Personally I dig [ Spaces ] from the very beginning of [ Voyage ] and yet again they’ve proven themselves to be part of all the phenomenal artists out there and this time even bigger and better on [ Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void ]. [ Spaces ] is truly EXCEPTIONAL and definitely a band to look-out lads. I just hope they don’t leave us hanging for another two years to hear the next title. _[ Sheizaad Torabally ].
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[ PRE-ORDER ] the limited edition vinyl version, set to release on July 10th. Each package includes a translucent blood-red 180 gram vinyl, hand made screen printed poster, full color insert, and a digital download code. Everything is hand numbered with a limited run of 250. Preorder price is $20 while the release price will be $25. Includes immediate download of 10-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
Take a look at what went into making the screen printed poster for the limited vinyl release of 'Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void' by Spaces. Close friends, Hellish Things, really outdid themselves with this hand made piece of art. Attention to detail and amazing quality make this 11"x11" print more than an extra, but a collectors item all in itself.
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