Aloha
That's Your Fire
May 16, 2000

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Aloha's debut full-length breathes life into the post-rock amble with an album of tremendous breadth of mood and spirit. From prog-rock mantras to free-jazz breakdowns,, Aloha asserts itself as a band that can bring the avant-garde in step with rock's most peculiar nuances.

By this time, Aloha had perfected its unique balance between traditional songwriting and improvisation through touring. Building on the unique sonic sound sculptures of debut EP The Great Communicators, The Interpreters, The Nonbelievers, Aloha makes the pretty prettier and the fast faster with musical feats ever more daring as the melodies are assertive and contagious.

Songs

  • 1
    Last Night I Dreamt You Slept Beside Me (2:33)
  • 2
    Ferocious Love (4:42)
  • 3
    Don't Sleep (2:13)
  • 4
    Liberty (4:34)
  • 5
    There, There (2:50)
  • 6
    A Hundred Stories (2:54)
  • 7
    Heading East (9:11)
  • 8
    Saint Lorraine (4:45)
  • 9
    With the Lights Out, We Sing (2:49)
  • 10
    Sky High (3:30)

Reviews

One of the more inspired post-rock albums of the past few years.

Pitchfork

Take post-rock ala Tortoise and Trans Am, inject it with the unique Midwest melody styling of Braid and The Promise Ring, add Rush and King Crimson's prog tendencies, Coltrane's jazzy quirks, and a member whose full-time job is to create the most beautiful sounds out of vibraphones, triangles and congas....Amazing.

Lollipop

Jazz-punk-pop-fusion cocktail is super ambitious...sonically fascinating...

UR Chicago

It takes guts to try to sell a crowd on the idea of a vibraphone as a rock instrument, and it takes real skill to actually pull it off. Aloha has both.

Cleveland Free Times

Intricate songwriting, progressive music and a distinct sound--in short beautiful.

Rock Paper Scissors

That's Your Fire is majestic. I feel like jazz has been re-born for me.

Mod

Aloha display their dazzlingly accessible post-rock grafting of jazz, prog-rock, spacey electronics and pop...immaculately evocative.

All Music Guide

To say anything less than 'amazing' would be an understatement. That's Your Fire is beyond words. This is going to be a classic, without a doubt.

Lollipop
Essential listening for fans of intelligent rock music.
Jitter

An ethereal, freeform, jazz-tipped element to traditional indie rock, cooking up a rather unique and challenging sonic slurry for fans to digest.

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