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AVOID THE LIGHT

Long Distance Calling

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.56 | 52 ratings

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petrica
4 stars Usually I find most of the post-rock bands a bit annoying. It depends on the mood for sure and sometime a post-rock trip is not a bad thing. "Avoid the light" has that heavy part which is not present on most of the post-rock sound scape. So this was a good surprise, nothing out of the ordinary but good, melodic and catchy songs. As a standard in post-rock all 6 songs are lengthy(at least 7 minutes) and with repetitive arrangements. The first song has an atmospheric intro then the other instruments are one by one entering in a nice jamming. Switches back and forth into the atmospheric escapades and powerful guitar/bass driven moments. Sometime I have the feeling that the sounds resembles some Mogwai especially at the end of the song.

The second song "Black paper planes" has somehow a strange name. A funny thing for these songs without lyrics is that I'm trying to imagine what these guys wanted to say only by hearing the melodic line. I don't know if that was the intention but I imagine a child throwing such a plane made out of black paper and contemplating the surroundings from his hidden place on top of a building.

359 has e relaxing floydian intro. The same good rhythmic section with a nice repetitive melody turning much more heavily as the song advanced. This is probably one of the best song on this one even if somehow all of them have same level.

I know you Stanley Milgram is the forth song. I don't know if the song is talking about the social psychologist Stanley Milgram but if yes I like it. Since I started to like progressive rock music I was very surprised to find connections with different aspects of science, literature or simply with some interesting ideas coming out of from interesting people. In any case the same heavy approach with some slow/atmospheric interludes.

"The nearing grave", the last but one song, is a bit different because on this one the vocal part is also present. The song follows the same pattern. I don't know exactly why they decided to add vocals because I would say that it would have sound better without it. Not a bad song but probably the weakest.

Sundown highway has a very powerful and bass line at the beginning with some pulsating sounds in the background. In the middle A military march style drumming part followed by a repetitive jamming thereafter and, at the end, by acoustic guitar which is somehow unusual and surprising in the same place.

Recommended for post-rock fans if they want a piece of heaviness.

petrica | 4/5 |

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