Any band that comes back from a five-year hiatus needs to make their entrance worthwhile, and indie rock band Pompeii does so strikingly. Their third record Loom is not an album that makes you want to skip around and listen to the catchy tracks, but one that you can experience as a whole, as each track of ambience and atmosphere lets you perceive your own story. This liberating body of music puts Pompeii at a new level of creation.
Not many albums these days have a thorough flow through each track like Loom does, making this musical escapade endless and exciting. The opener, “Loom”, sets the stage with a subtle piano and turns dramatic with a movie-like crescendo meeting the climax of the plot. Most of this album has a soundtrack sound to it, giving listeners a chance to interpret the sounds and lyrics in their own ways. This formula of mellow sounds to a crescendo is often presented on Loom, giving the sequential tracks an extended rhythm that makes the album stand as one.
The next track “Celtic Mist” conveys the nature-encompassed theme of the record well, even by the title. This is where Pompeii start to showcase their talents with the use of violins in the instrumentals, providing an indie-styled twist. This atmospheric jam rolls right into “So Close”, the first uplifting tone on Loom. The echoing of the vocals and cryptic use of the words “You were so close” get lost in the clashing sounds and melodies of this freeing track.
The switch from purely ambient to funky and dynamic gives Loom the vital color that Pompeii explore well. “Frozen Planet” is dominated by staccato percussion and glimmering background features that express the joy of letting go (“It’s better if I stay at home / Laying in bed, sleeping in my clothes, and I don’t care”). This psychedelic escape flows right into its reprise, “Frozen Reprise”, that calms the high driven from the earlier song and compliments it well with its chill mood. These two songs really serve as one and give Loom a really interesting sense of adventure that’s individual from the rest.
After this incredible couplet of songs, Pompeii changes gears with “Blueprint”. Although Pompeii is showing their versatility with the raw guitar riffs and faster tempo, this track doesn’t have the same moving power as the rest, probably due to its indie generality. No worries, however, Loom is far from your average indie record. The next track, “Rescue” makes up for any dull moments. This is the most structured song on the album and balances ambience and indie power perfectly. The diverse melody is wonderfully catchy and gives the flow of Loom an exciting change of tone. Even the next track “Ekspedition” stands out for its romantic and lovable sound. The guitar hooks sync beautifully with the exchanged vocals, while the refrain pulls the entire track into a heartwarming moment on Loom.
The last two tracks shift the mood to provide a full circle affect of the record. “Sleeper” sounds just as the title is. The soothing instrumentals tuck listeners into bed as the calming vocals paint a monotonous picture of endlessly driving to convey a deeper meaning. Yet, we are abruptly woken by the crescendo of sound and volume that builds until the end, something Pompeii does often to evoke emotion and meaning within the song. The album ends with “Drift”, a finale that literally drifts away into the end of the album. The dazzling sparkle of the instrumentals tie in with ambient effects and solid indie rhythm, making this final track a beautifully sounding masterpiece as it slowly fades out with the rest of the record.
Pompeii’s return after five years is certainly made up for with Loom. This experience of an album as a whole is unique for this generation of music, and Pompeii pushes it on you with glittering style and ambient curiosity. The liberation, ambiguity, and romance of Loom intertwines to create a record that is rare and thrilling to the music industry.