Pilgrimage Years – ‘The Size of a Year’


An album out today from Swedish band Pilgrimage Years, The Size of a Year meshes dreamy introspections and riveting rock invigoration. Also including previously featured shoegaze-forward success “Afloat,” the album stirs in its atmospheric rock sound and heady, lush production.

The opening “Highlights” is exemplary of the act’s dynamic reach, spanning from gentle nocturnal beginnings — with creaky, reverbed guitars — into an eruption of warming textures. “Daytripping” is another standout; its serene guitar jangles grow gradually into crisp vocal resonance and ensuing anthemic passion. The convergence of vocals proves resonating, particularly during the guitars’ heaviest moments.

Spanning over eight minutes, the album’s title track touts some of the album’s lushest moments — in the synth-touched guitar pulses to start — along with some of its heaviest, propelled by ardent vocal exultations and momentous blasts of guitar; it’s a nice representation of The Size of a Year as a whole, thrilling with its range of atmospheric, textured rock.

“Daytripping” and “The Size of a Year” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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