Once in a while a piece of music comes along which stirs something deep inside, allowing you to forget about everything on the outside. Richard Knox & Frédéric D. Oberland have managed to achieve such a piece with The Rustle of Stars, as typical post-rock stylings are cut with an undercurrent of classical decency.

Knox and Oberland haven’t been coy about letting the public know about the subject of the piece as The Rustle of Stars is said to be the musical rendition of travels to the arctic north, and the feelings evoked by such meanderings. But, most importantly, how does the piece stand without this cloak of meaning shouldered upon it? Pretty well, actually. The piece doesn’t feel like a description piece (as many pieces of post-rock inevitably tend to feel like), in fact it feels like a journey towards something very much on the horizon (and by the end of the album, back to something).

This isn’t the perfect album it could be, however. Whilst the entire feel of the album feels completely natural, and evokes an image throughout that carries through right to the end, that doesn’t mean that the journey itself isn’t a little bit drawn out at times. It never feels overly so, but drawn out in the sense that there’s a lot going on, but not much to get overly excited about at times. There is a lot of beautiful things happening here, however, and the delights of the opener, ‘Sleeping Land (part 1)’, the stark coldness of ‘Drawing Lines to the End of the World’, and the delicate hushed nature of ‘A Divide’ really are things which should be listened to at least a handful of times to soak in the diverse atmospheres created each time here.

No matter how many times I listen to this album, I can’t help but do my best to shake a feeling that this album simply has a limit it cannot overcome. This is a magnificent album, but it is limited by its scope and although it sounds like this could be an album that one turns to in years to come, when times get us down and we need a little lift, I believe I’ll just throw on something limitless. So that’ll be () by Sigur Rós then.