It had been a while since I last reviewed something metal-related hailing from Italy, when Aristocrazia came across the ghost.city collective almost by chance. Their sincere effort and approach reminded me of Constellation Records' early days: a direct relationship with their listeners, and a thorough dedication to every single aspect of their material.
Endwave is one of the projects the collective has found in the post-metal scene. Initially founded in 2005 by F. (all the music and lyrics), it put out a demo in 2007 and then went on to compose the songs we can finally hear on "Meridian Flows" (or "/meridian/flows/" as it is written on the cover). In fact, this EP features tracks that came to life between 2007 and 2014 and were re-recorded over the last year or so, and then released in May 2015.
The elegant cardboard digipak and the sober ice-tinged artwork bring us to a world where perceptions are ethereal, but at the same time tremendously real. The brief "Intro" drags us down a vortex as we face the flowing of time, trapped while we reflect on ourselves, or timidly gleam out of the window on an incomprehensible outside world. Musically speaking we are mainly in post-black territories — leaning towards the more atmospheric side of it — as we wade through the seasons and the fields of our memory.
This EP can be enjoyed throughout its entire thirty minutes, each one of the five tracks is effective and shows potential. Unfortunately, there are no lyrics in the booklet, but the record still results emotionally strong. I hope Endwave won't have to wait for eight years again before managing to complete a full-length in the future, in the meantime we will keep an eye on the ghost.city collective.