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Post Rock/Math rock

3.41 | 6 ratings

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4 stars Sweek are a Belgian post rock band. Their music delivers an exciting Godspeed You ! Black Emperor flavor (compare the voice samples) with a strong violin and cello presence. The atmosphere is quite sad, but turns to exaltation and maybe anger. Compositions are smart, simple but VERY touching. This is an emotional experience.

Guitars are sober or heavy (very powerful sound on Everybody takes the plane). I'd like to highlight the extraordinary drummer's job, along with the bassist's one. Violin/Cello's job is so excellent that I don't miss the keys.

This album is an excellent first album for Sweek. Their music is still a bit compartmentalized, but very inspired.

"Summer Trip" is just a vocal evocation with some guitar notes. The album really takes off with "Microbacterium Leprae", in a darker atmosphere. "Everybody takes the plane" is an unbelievable song which seems to review all emotions' gamut with a brilliant cello/violin work. "Creutzfeld Jacobs" is colder, but compensated by "Things are Bigger Then They Appear", which contains a heavy crescendo (with guitars on the foreground). Then, "James' Piano" arrives : it's a only-piano track, with a melodious expression going harder and harder, which is developed in "New James", an epic piece that can make someone's flesh creep. Mine, for example.

Length : nearly one hour of music. Ok > 1/1

Compositions quality : Brilliant Very touching. > 10/10

Instruments diversity : the music is a bit too guitar-lead. Excellent violin/cello's work > 3/5

Tracks personal appreciation : 1/ Summer Trip : 2/5 2/ Microbacterium Leprae : 4/5 3/ Everybody takes the plane : 5/5 4/ Creutzfeld Jacobs : 5/5 5/ Things are Bigger Then They Appear : 5/5 6/ James' Piano : 3/5 7/ New James : 5/5 (so 29/35)

Bass contribution : 3/3 > brilliant and heavy.

Drums contribution : 3/3 > powerful and inspired.

Guitar(s) contribution : 2/3 > Good job.

Violin and cello : 3/3 > absolutely masterpiece. I'm still wondering where's my mind.

"Prog" level : 8/10 > some keys could improve this, but that's just my opinion.

TOTAL : 62/73 TOTAL ON TWENTY : 16,986/20


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