"Nighttime Stories" is the sixth studio album by American post-metal band Pelican. The album was produced by Sanford Parker and released on June 7, 2019 through Southern Lord Records.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 86, based on 4 reviews, indicating "Universal acclaim ".
Against all odds, avant-garde post-metal is having its day in the sun. Once relegated to the fringes of the music scene, Pelican's brand of psychedelic noise has been growing into one of the most popular styles of metal today. Better late then never, since the band seem on the verge of their biggest breakthrough in years.
Without vocals, the band have more room to move musically, and they let songs like "Midnight and Mescaline" take on a desert jam rock feel that would be impossible to replicate were you to add singing. If you like post-metal, but feel it could be less esoteric, this is for you.
Maybe Pelican haven't changed so much. Maybe the influx of bizarre fringe projects has dampened the impact of what used to be so strange. But Nighttime Stories is the most memorable Pelican album since 2009's What We All Come to Need. They're showing no signs yet of slowing down yet.
Reviewed by Max Morin for exclaim.ca.