I used to have a running bet with myself: to find out which was the easiest job in the world, being the drummer for Sigur Ros or the drummer for Kepler. I now know, after listening to Sigur Ros' latest, that the answer is Kepler. Driving beats these aren't. Take a long, deep breath - that's the length of the up beat. Just fair warning. Fortunately, while most of Kepler's songs are slow as hell, they are not longer to make up for it, and they are well written, tight, and consistent. Aside from some early demos, there are few songs Kepler have done that I wouldn't consider good. This is their second album - their first, Fuck, Fight, Fail is also good but they hadn't quite caught their sound yet at that point and there is a bit of casting about with mixed results.
The music may be slow, but it isn't mournful, or boring, or sleep-inducing, or anything usually associated with slowness - other than being very deliberate. The tone of the album is kind of like when you have a bunch of stuff to do but instead of doing it, you take an hour off to kind of lay there and contemplate these things you have to do, how annoying it is to do them, and how you'd rather just continue laying there. The instrumentation is traditional, mostly either acoustic or light electric guitar and bass plus drums and vocals on every track, so there are no surprises there. There is a slide guitar that adds a unique layer to it, without sounding at all country.
The first two tracks and the final one are probably my favorites - the last track is a real kicker. After a whole album of relatively placid music, "Elemental - Blood or Water" - weighing in at almost 9 minutes - erupts into distortion and rocking out, and while it's not as intense as you might get on, say, a Mars Volta album or something, the contrast makes it seem twice as loud. It's a bit long, though, so I'm giving you another track. If you like this, there's a whole album of great music like that waiting for you - this track is not the exception.