A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec.
If These Trees Could Talk are back with another album, another hour of noble, tragic, and cinematic post-metal. There is nothing radically new, no startling changes, but this is better, and I think it is largely because the production is improved. The Ohio band's slow, simple, layered sound here is deep, rich, and reverberant, like a cathedral. The cathedral of the Earth, perhaps, given that the central theme of the band is climate change and the environmental crisis. Despite no vocals or lyrics, that theme has always been clear from the band's name, from the names of the songs, and from the graphics. Tragedy is not enough, we also need to be angry, and to translate our compassion and anger into effective action. That's my reservation about ITTCT's music. But on its own terms, it sounds great. It's not a suitable soundtrack for activism, but perhaps the band's cinematic sound can be used for actual soundtracks, like Explosions in the Sky.