Since their first album,one that cultivated the cinematic-influenced emo sound of bands such asJune Of 44, until now, Cerberus Shoal has grown into a beautiful beast.
Moving further away from guitar-based tunes with each release, andconcentrating more on rapturous/meditative spirituality, their fourthrelease is most likely their best. Utilizing horns, keyboards, dozensof ethnic instruments, and an impressive battery of percussion, "Homb"has a sound that could best be described as music for a new religion.The very majestic "Myrrh (Waft)" starts with sparse percussion, only toswell with keyboards, horns, and guitars in the distance, providing anatmospheric base for loping bongos and impassioned chanting. "Myrrh(Reprise)" has a very Eastern feel to it, and not just because of theappearance of shakahuchi. The way the instruments lock together,weaving a trancey melodic tapestry, and how the soul-fire vocalizationsdart between and beneath. You will be rapt in trance bliss in no time.As atmospheric but not as jazzy as their last album, the stunningsoundtrack "Elements Of Structure And Permanence", Cerbebrus Shoalcontinue to show us the path of evolution toward true musical genius.