The band from the border triangle Germany/Netherlands/Belgium is called O, which in this context means circle. The music of their debut with the impressive metaphorical title "When Plants Turn Into Stones" is as cryptic as the name, which takes some getting used to. It offers instrumental soundscapes between Movie and Postrock, which tie in with the highly atmospheric still lifes of acts like Sigur Rós and Bohren & the Club of Gore. The round dance starts with "Developed in the shade like water" very cautiously, as if O would carefully scan all possibilities and test how far one can go. The band remains true to these ethereal, upward striving sound structures with the following "How Polished Boulders Carried Us Along", before the cards are remixed with massive "Set The Controls..." drumming in "Lack Of Interest In Things They Used To Do". Ultimately, the whole thing is a huge increase up to the dramatic "I Offer My Hands To The Shades".
Top track: I Offer My Hands To The Shades