a noise

Release date
29 May 2006
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 029 6:34 648
2 21st century mice 10:37 1,103
3 swear you don't mean it 8:13 1,141
4 whisper 1:45 926
5 Lullaby for the sleepwalking 7:18 56
6 there are lights 7:49 1,673
7 a noise 10:31 578

About this album

In their bio on the band’s trusty myspace page, Iona chronicles their journeys from forming in Germany to members spending time in Montreal and Chicago, before reconvening back in their homeland. These travels and experiences are very evident in the sound contained on their debut full length A Noise. Let’s face it, we all know what Montreal has brought to the table in the post-rock world, and it seems like the last half dozen bands I’ve reviewed for this site have been from the Windy City. With a band still in the development stage, spending time in these two post-rock hubs is bound to have an influence, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

There is definitely a strong Constellation Records feel to the whole vibe of this album. The melodic repetitive guitar phrasing a la Do Make Say Think combines with the distorted echo flares that GYBE love so much, with a dab of creepy Set Fire To Flames experimentation to boot. While at times the album can fall into forgettable standard post-rock fare, there is also lots of promise that overshadow these problem areas. For instance, instead of the predictable crashing distortion drenched climaxes that only Mono seems to have perfected, the heavy parts that Iona builds to often meshes distorted and clean tones together, with the drums rarely swelling to total rock-out proportions.

Some of the stronger moments on A Noise are created by the subtle sounds that round out the standard guitar-bass-drums formula. Album opener “0/2/9” starts out like your average EitS jammer, but about halfway through a scratchy string melody brings an interesting new twist to the track. Towards the end of the album, Iona really starts to branch out and experiment with sound and structure, creating some very beautiful and somewhat unsettling pieces.

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  • paulgear

    This is an interesting album, but i must admit disappointment in finding out it's not the UK Iona. Last.fm, please implement disambiguation soon!!!!

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • vr2

    I Was looking for some celtic music and i have found two bands. That Post-rock band from Germany is very pleasant surprise for me!

    21 Feb 2008 Reply
  • evilbyte

    brilliant ... Swear You Don't Mean It tops this amazing album ... great stuff

    31 Jan 2008 Reply
  • JohnM1955

    Mayby last.fm do need to find a way to differentiate between artists of the same name, but if they had found a way I would never have stubled accross this rather remarkable piece of music. I like the other (celtic - christian) Iona as well.

    17 Nov 2007 Reply
  • RazorWriter

    This is not the same band as Iona which is shown in the Other Albums.. last.fm needs a better way to differentiate bands with the same name. The other Iona is a world-class band who has been around nearly 20 years.

    20 Jun 2007 Reply

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