Neko Nine and The Creator Of work together to weave together “Meet the Forest”. Incredibly passionate this collection manages to exemplify their greatest strengths. Elements of post-rock seep into the mix. With the relatively spacious track lengths the songs are able to cover a vast amount of ground. The two of them manage to create incredibly rich full seas of songs for the listener to get completely lost.
Rushing into the collection with the propulsive energy that is “Black Star (Alt Mix)” they start things off on a high note. Guitars blare through the piece. A piano comes into the mix to add delicate moments to an otherwise take no prisoners approach. Eventually they loosen the reigns allowing the song to reach a quieter place for a brief moment before burning right through to the end. “Acoustic” uses a lighter touch with rhythm and guitars. Beneath the relatively fluid acoustic guitar is a menacing amount of distortion ready to be let out. To their credit it is only until the end that the two decide to engage in more head banging behavior.
On “Fireworks Up There” the two take a page from Explosions in the Sky with an absolutely overwhelming approach to the sound. Everything explodes. Nothing is left intact. Emotionally it is remarkably similar to Explosions in the Sky with a satisfying conclusion. For the finale of “Snowflakes Gone Grey” Neko Nine and The Creator Of begin with a martial beat. Woodwinds enter into the mix giving it a breezy feeling. “Meet the Forest” is an interesting journey into a colorful sonic landscape.