Pelican – March Into the Sea

3 out of 5

Label: Hydra Head

Produced by: Greg Norman, JK Broadrick (track 2 mixed by)

I always viewed this as an expanded version of ‘The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw‘s March To the Sea, and it is – and was released beforehand on this single / EP – but I never realized it had a slightly altered title.  Not quite sure what to make of that.

…Except that, yes, the expanded bit, a lengthy 8 or so minute coda, does change the track.  Along with that I’d say March TO the Sea is a separate recording altogether (may I be cursed for not doing a side-to-side compare), being already tighter than the EP’s edition, March INTO is appealingly a tad more raw, but also more open-ended.  The extra minutes are allotted to a somewhat acoustic, almost wholly not-part-of-the-song bit of wandering – and, for the record, this is not the same as Fire’s untitled acoustic followup to March – which is interesting if you’re paying attention but almost doesn’t register otherwise.  In other words: I’d say the “album” version we ended up with is significantly better, and more fully realized.

The Angel Tears (from Australasia) Justin Broadrick remix is pretty good, but falls more into the Jesu canon due to how slowed down and noised-up it is.  If you’re not familiar with the original, you could slot it onto one of Broadrick’s various groups’ discs and be okay.  This isn’t a bad thing at all, but with the way March Into the Sea segues into some un-Pelican-y plucking, having another non-Pelican-y track makes the EP rare for rotation on your Pelican playlist.

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