A PLACE OF LONG YEARS
“A Place of Long Years,” San Francisco-based The Union Trade’s sophomore full-length album, is an instrumental journey that weaves its way through triumphant peaks and barren valleys. This post-rock landscape remains mostly unpeopled, sometimes achingly so, but still abounds with the intimate and epic emotions The Union Trade have always cultivated. After a brief hiatus following their previous 2011 EP “Why We Need Night,” the band spent 3 years regrouping and refocusing their collective effort on creating instrumental guitar driven soundscapes, dynamic progressions, and sheer emotional strength. Picking up where they left off with the success of their popular instrumental song ‘Everyday Including Holidays,’ The Union Trade enlisted two local musicians to contribute on key tracks: Nate Blaz, fellow label-mate and cellist of (Geographer) and Ann Yu vocalist of (Silver Swans) to lend their haunting styles and unique points of view to The Union Trade sound. As a result “A Place of Long Years” moves the band even deeper into the instrumental post-rock genre with a cinematic sound that will move and excite old fans and new listeners alike. Available now on Vinyl, CD, Digital Download. Limited edition is on smoky clear vinyl, beautiful matte finish gate fold packaging with free download card.
“As emotional as it could get, “Everyday Including” is a transcendental album awash in guitar fuzzy logic and hugely catchy triumphs. Simply amazing and simply essential.”
“One of the most impressive facets of The Union Trade is their resounding ability to convey a strong emotion through sound. Even without lyrics, The Union Trade lays down a tone that sets the scene for a specific feeling.”
“Lofty, sweeping chords and the deliberate, steadfast pace of the Union Trade tell the tale of a band that eschews flair and fireworks for an intricate, drawn-out listening experience in the vein of Explosions in the Sky. Critics like to lash out against post-rock wanderers for their “long-winded” and “pretentious” takes on rock, but while San Francisco’s Trade perform with no shortage of confidence, they guard against swimming into melodious abstraction on their tightly composed EP Now the Swell.”
“blends elements of shoegaze and post-rock into dense, melodic anthems…”
“Fans of groups like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky should investigate.”