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LONG DISTANCE CALLING

Long Distance Calling

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.83 | 154 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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4 stars Long Distance Calling is another one of those instrumental bands who, for the sake of being instrumental, often get lumped in with the 'post rock/metal' category. Having heard this, their latest album, that feels like a rather clumsy appropriation.

Sure, there's sound-scapes and textured riffs and all that stereotypical stuff. But as the album progresses, the listener will surely realise that this is more straightforward rock, with a metallic crunch. Indeed, where this album is strong, is that it takes the textural dream-scapes of post rock artists, and mixes them with the more dynamic edges of progressive metal. The percussion is exemplary, neither saturating the music with wasted fills and pointless show-off drivel, but remaining understated and purposeful throughout. The occasional time-signature change shows a heightened sense of musical maturity, allowing the compositions to traverse multiple incarnations of the same track over the course of their 6-10 minute run time. There's enough sonic diversity to stave off boredom here, which is lucky, for such instrumental albums can often fall into the trap of repetition.

John Bush (ex-Anthrax) has a guest vocal spot on 'Middleville', and while his vocals are neither exceptional or dull, one feels they are a bit of an afterthought. Having said this, adding vocals to the music seemed rather easy; given that Long Distance Calling tend to craft song-like tracks anyway. While I'll admit that this is a fun release, it doesn't quite have the final punch to really push it into another category. But at least in an area of contemporary music where it's often felt to be more understated and obtuse than extroverted and succinct, Long Distance Calling prove that there's still a place for good old fashioned hard work, distortion pedal engaged, structured rock.

Any Colour You Like | 4/5 |

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