I became aware of Floridian post-rock/post-metal group Set and Setting last year when Decibel premiered a new song from their then-upcoming album Reflectionless. Drawn in by their ability to merge heaviness, psychedelia and melodic post-rock to craft detailed, expressive songs without vocals, Reflectionless remained in my queue. It was a pleasant surprise, then, to learn that Set and Setting have a new album titled Tabula Rasa due out in October. The first song “Ecdysis” shows that Set and Setting have continued to push themselves forward and in heavier directions, even with the relatively close gap between albums.
The moods on the song vary, ranging from melancholic post-rock to heavier, almost Gojira-esque sections. An emotive melody runs through the song, assuring that something is always happening.
“When we were writing this album, we had a new lineup and felt a new energy,” explains guitarist Shane Handall. “We named this song ‘Ecdysis’ because it felt like we we were shedding old skin and pushing new boundaries we haven’t reached yet.”
Tabula Rasa is out on October 12 via Pelagic Records.