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Honorary Collaborator
4 stars One Time For All Time was my first exposure to this amazing band, and I would recommend it strongly to any fan of great instrumental music. This isn't music that focuses on musicianship, though each player quite holds his own. Like many bands in the post-rock genre, 65dos are skilled at creating vast soundscapes that challenge the mind with their thick layers and emotional enormity. This band, however, adds an energy that is rare in bands like GY!BE or Sigur Ros. Combining traditional rock guitars and live drums with extensive electronics and sampled percussion allows them to create a sound that captures the audio beauty of post-rock as well as the driving force of electronic and industrial music. If you're tired of the endless droning of their post-rock peers, 65daysofstatic are ready to wake you up!

This album is their latest and definitely their best work. The soaring layers are astounding, and the percussion is very dense and complex... the tempo changes seem to alter the flow of time itself. The members of the quartet seem to play off of one another most of the time, allowing each instrument to shine, though there are no solos. When they all join in climactic unison the result is overpowering, but always beautiful. Stand-out tracks include the opener "Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here", "Mean Low Water", "65 doesn't Understand You", and "Radio Protector"... though there is not a single bad track on the album.

I wish I could give this 5 stars, but I don't think I can with a clear conscience. It's truly great, but I don't think it's a staple of progressive rock or even it's own genre. It's just a brilliant record. So, in reality I give it 4 stars, but in my heart is has more.

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Posted Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars The 2nd studiorelease by the band is another fine effort, showcasing the amazing musicianship these guys have to offer. This release is slightly more cohesive than the Fall of Math, although certain songs I enjoy more because of my taste for that record. This band draws from many influences, even Radiohead, for some of their ideas.

This is an instrumental effort that focuses more on energy and band unity than it does on band showing off. The drummer is perhaps the most interesting member here, with his careful selections that allow the drums to "ride" you along as if on a journey. Experimentation with electronics somewhat reminds me of the great band Kong, which needs to be added to the archives. As stated in the forums earlier, this is like the coffee of prog is we were to relate it to food/drink. This will certainly get you ready to start your day with its pulse.

This is prog of the technology era, and well done prog. I'm hoping this band can release more fine releases like this. A well earned 4 stars here.

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Posted Sunday, August 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
Prog Folk Researcher
4 stars This CD is a good example of a recording where only one or two listens can lead to a very wrong impression. Another one of my kid’s albums, and one that I played a couple times a while back and pretty much dismissed as yet another non-descript indie band that dabbled along the edges of post-rock. But over the last several months that impression has evolved, and I find myself coming back to it quite a bit, especially on lazy weekends when an hour or so of creative instrumental music makes for a nice backdrop to the day. Like today, for example.

At times the drums and some of the extraneous recorded sounds remind me of Cynic’s ‘Focus’. Especially the drums, which are energetic and packed with fills and just excellent. This is maybe what Bark Psychosis was going for when they started out – post-rock that embraces the energy of metal and post-punk, but sculpted into something cohesive and expressive, as opposed to just loud and angry. Bark Psychosis never quite got there, mostly because they weren’t all that great of musicians, but these guys sure are, and they come off much stronger.

“Welcome to the Times” is a good example of a strong tempo that isn’t at all languid or overly introspective or timid or too cute, like so many post-rock bands have a tendency to be. These guys are confident and talented, and they lay down their tracks with a strong sense of purpose. The layers of electronic sounds are like digital sampling that add a dimension of richness to the music much like the whole group of Mile-End bands like Godspeed and A Silver Mt. Zion and Fly Pan Am and Set Fire to Flames, but without the benefit of strings or any other symphonic elements like some of those bands have. There’s some synthesized strings, but not too much. They aren’t really missed, ‘cause like I said these guys lean closer to rock than to ‘post’, just without the vocals.

My one complaint is that none of the tracks is developed as fully as it could be. “Climbing on Roofs” and “The Big Afraid” especially, both of which do feature those fake strings as well as the aggressive tempo, but both of which almost end too abruptly and fail to make a lasting impression.

The closing track “Radio Protector” probably comes the closest, with some piano that borders dangerously on Ben Folds territory, but manages to build slowly like a more traditional post-rock offering with synth strings used to good effect and the strong tempo that sets these guys apart. Still less than five minutes when it could have been much longer, but a great effort. I suspect there is a F# A# ∞ type of epic release in these guy’s near future.

This band and this album will appeal to fans of Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, and Mogwai. They may not be quite deep enough for Godspeed fans, but they’re getting there. And if you are one of those metal-heads that thinks Cynic is a class act (I would agree, by the way), you might find these guys to be a good introduction to the whole post-rock concept. A very solid offering, and a strong argument to seek out some of their other stuff. Four stars.


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Posted Saturday, February 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Mogwai meets Aphex Twin? A homogenous mixture of post-rock and electronic music. The bands sound jumped out to me immediately; there aren't too many post-rock bands that trancend the generalities of the genre. With One Time for All Time, 65daysofstatic firmly establishes themselves as an important factor in the post-rock movement. As opposed to a large majority of the expermiental/post-rock bands, this band opts for short songs (not one reaching six-minutes) and fast tempos. The songs generally start off with a steady rhythm, mildly effected guitars, and often keys, and without much of a build, you will be launched into a paroxysm of manic electronic drum beats and crushing guitars. This tactic is both fresh and powerful. These guys can pound five times as many climaxes as Godspeed You! Black Emperor in a given time space, and almost give you equal satisfaction. Certainly, this material lacks the epic crown that the aforementioned has encompassed, but if you're in a time crunch, or you just want to get pumped, you can rely on 65daysofstatic to give you a good fix of high-energy post-rock that will make you convulse with the rhythm. I would hesitate to use it for dancing though - the result would be more like a seizure. Unfortunately, a couple of the songs suffer from lackadaisical writing, leaving them seemingly as fragments of what could be a more complete whole. Even those pieces are enjoyable, they just don't have as much lasting power. All in all, this album points to a bright future; I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. One Time for All Time is recommended to fans of experimental, post-rock and electronica alike. There is much to enjoy here.
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Posted Sunday, March 25, 2007 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Not 100% convincingly, even to this point, there's however no more pet talk around how mature, how evolved and how un-fusionist the ensemble, the thick mind and the reckless creative mass of 65daysofstatic have come to be. It's a bitter taste that confronts the mixed language of an, itself, very unnerving standard (the post-rock glimpse and the American language of being above the abrasive consideration), less to challenge the idea that, by such a fleeting maximized taste, the described scales are complete or coherent. For itself, 65daysofstatic adapted a rigorous lexicon of what's more immensurable: a math delicacy or a grunge inefficacy; coming up, finally, with the brave idea that the loud voom, the quintessential distress and the arrhythmia inside all the neurosis has got a clue of aesthetics and a fiery breath of something risibly applausive. Finally, because the "fall of math" high regards came imprecise to the exact adaptations, and the EP, however directive, had nothing to concede to the doubt. But within a second album and a second confirmation of exacerbation inside a clue-tone, called One Time For All Time, it can be accepted itself that 65days have a impressive scale and ambits to present, around the part of such a restless taste that bring dark novelty, intense grief or disambiguate progressivism. Well-launched ideas that the brisk of all this cluster isn't in the simple poise of a defeatism, also.

Now, too much of different brainstorming the ensemble didn't do, and too much of obliging a different intermission and a subsequent change of energy and control, it's in no position the meaningful discovery and temper, not here, nor ever. But generally it's an elevation of quality and withstanding, taking the small surface of energy pulses and dark-experimentalism to a dimension of pleasing guilt, defining abstract and touching absurdum; for a goal achieved in entertaining, and an equally defying taste for anything in the regular shade of math precocious moldings. For the kind of a balanced radical offend to an art scream, inside the white lined explosions. Something of interaction and entertain, by our side of a depression, and of novelty and mature obstruction, by the followers of this pleasure bash principle and this dark garage persistence.

Somehow it feels for the first time that the dim impressionism here is too short to resist a savage feedback of pleasure and crisis; but that's the magic repeated several times, in the branch of fleshy tones, dark, abstract and dominant minor fledges, plus the bits of an ethereal surround to come from all places, in distinct tones of an incompatible consistency for an ill-recognized experimentalism; in frames, multitudes and miniatures of the level-headed heated gruel goad. Repeated those many times to be finally mastered in this album of a good vibe and a tremendous emotional feedback (or just a razed insane response); and, I'll add this too, understood completely by the band behind the supple concept and the youthful jam inside the awarding nebulosity. Jingle or gamble, but after the first impressions (which go succinct for the fun of it), there comes senses into the drone-gored ornaments. After the metallic taste, comes the relaxation of all discrete tones into something not of a brainwash, nor a dynamic outreach, but a trenched mystic. And after the hog and the jam of many, concept-engineered, havocs and blizzards, there's, with equivoque, the stamp towards the indigested dimensions of a break-heart and deep narrow connectivity, inside the black luster of a clean swift and a theatrical burden. More melody and disputed orientations (around the circle of an précis and unconventional dark raise tone) make it even better.

If we're talking popular, post-rock referential, devilish, grunge, but also charismatically, profound and a bit in art unequal lossless, then One Time For All Time is the single-handedly such expression.

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Posted Thursday, April 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars "One Time for All Time" followed the same line of 65 Days of Static's debut "Fall of Math" - another interesting work, in their superb and unique fusion of post-rock with electronic music and math rock. The combination of programmed thundering beats along with the band's drummer reaches new heights of prominence here - authentic sonic screams after the usual soft main theme. Piano continues to be the melodic main force, while electronic elements are more spacey here, particularly in "Await Rescue". Rhythmic section had some improvements, not only with more vigorous tempo changes but as also with the add of some disconcerting small pauses a la Fugazi, as in the starter, the symphonic "Welcome to the Times" or in "65 Doesn't Understand You". Industrial sound effects are still present in the piano layered "Mean low Water", or in the two growers for the album's unquestionable cathartic point, "65 Doesn't Understand You", reaching levels of subtleness perhaps not achieved in the predecessor whilst adding one of their most vigorous sonic attempts. The album ends with the majestic moan of "Radio Protector", unsurprisingly, lead by pianos.

65 Days of Static continued to explore their unique post-rock sound. It does not bring much of new: some minor symphonic nuances here and there, a somewhat more prominent rhythmic section and a generally more spacey feeling. After all, their revolution was in the previous album - still, achieves to be near as convincing as it.

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Posted Saturday, May 19, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I'm not adding much new to the reviews of this album, but 65DAYSOFSTATIC make an impressive sophomore effort here fusing post-rock and electronica. Devoid of vocals, impressive yet relaxed instrumentation fused with electronic beats and drumming make an original atmosphere that is rare in the legions of all-to-similar post-rock bands. Although I hate the use of this word, as it has dual meaning, 65DAYSOFSTATIC are more influenced by 'Math Rock' than other post-rock bands. 65DAYSOFSTATIC, while not near the heaviness of other post-rock bands such as RUSSIAN CIRCLES, aren't afraid to speed up the instrumentation a little.

Highly recommended, though slightly flawed.

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Posted Sunday, September 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars One Time for All Time is a very diverse and experimental album, drawing its influences from post rock, metal, math rock, and electronica, all strung together with an impressive musical prowess. This mostly instrumental album is comprised of relatively short blasts of sonic outbursts. The drums go all out on this album, even during the quieter moments. Most people who haven't heard much of the post-rock genre tend to complain that the music is too sparse and ambient. This is certainly not the case with 65daysofstatic. What sets this album apart from the typical post rock fare is strong electronic elements, something that is certainly welcome in their music. That being said, the music is mostly guitar-driven. The songs are very melodic and show a resemblance to the heavier post rock bands such as Pelican as well as Mogwai. The break-beat drums are similar to something from Aphex Twin's output. The production is certainly tight enough to match all of the various sounds being produced at once. In fact, I rarely notice production value, but on this album it is strikingly good. It's not much of a stretch to say that some tracks might even be a wee bit danceable.

One of my favorite tracks is the epic opener, "Drove Through Ghosts to Get Here." It contains all of the elements that make this album an excellent addition to a progressive rock collection, the excellent use of pacing and timbre along with great instrumental melody. This album is recommended any fan of post-rock, or fans who are frustrated with the lack of energy in post rock. This album delivers great musicianship, great sound quality, and an experimental edge which most prog fans will certainly enjoy.

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Posted Saturday, October 6, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Definetively, "One Time for All Time" is a step beyond than their first release, "The Fall of Math". Music here is tighter than in his debut, turning every song into a hard, deep and sad journey. However there are many similarities with "The Fall": JoeFro guitars are still chilling and electronic bases works perfectly as a solid background in every track. The most important difference is the use of more elements to create some really great athmospheres based on rhythmical sudden shocks and electronics. That's the reason why this album sounds a little light and melodic than the previous one but still raw and powerful.

The opener Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here is really a great song which starts with a slow and melancholic piano. The rhytmical base begin to get faster and faster in the middle of the song leading to an epical grand finale. Await Rescue is an awsome song with complex and fast rhythmical sections and walls of sounds built by guitars. 23Kid opens with a slow and floating rhythmical guitar, Slowly the songs turns into an epical and constant crescendo which ends with the same melodic firts part of the song. Welcome To The Times is a little weak, but still good and sad. Mean Low Water is dominated by another complex drum base and electronics. Again, there's a constant sensation of angst through every note. Climbing On Roofs (Desperate Edit) is a kind of intermezzo that sounds disposable in the first 30 seconds but suddenly turns into a hard piece of music. The Big Afraid is another short song but in this case, electronics, some percussions and guitar creates a sad athmosphere. 65 Doesn't Understand You starts with a melodic intro that leads into another chaotic but still enjoyable section dominated by electronics and guitars. Very powerful and epical song. At last, Radio Protector... It's strange but for moments I swear that I'm listening some Explosions in the Sky rare track cos this songs have a melodic but intrincated intro, a middle powerful section with piano and hard and chaotic guitars and a very athmospherical closing section.

Definetively a great album. 3.8*

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Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars a very underrated band in my opinion within the post-rock community. my girlfriend only listens to 2 post- rock bands and they are 65daysofstatic and my arch enemies explosions in the sky. Of the two this is the one album i don't make fun of her for listening to and not praising Godspeed... for all that they've done for the world. The end. lesser of two evils haha. really is a 4 but have to give it a 5 to try and not explosions out of the recommended post rock albums.
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Posted Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars "These are songs with no words, but they are screaming". That is a quote from a page in the liner notes which is filled with poetic and meaningful sayings. I really enjoyed what this album had to offer, the heaviness, the atmosphere and the electronics all blended into this Post-Rock soup called "One For All Time".

"Drove Through Ghosts To get Here" opens with synths and piano as drums come and go. The tempo picks up after 1 1/2 minutes. Great sound after 2 minutes. It settles then explodes back in. Excellent opener. "Await Rescue" opens with electronics and a beat before a full sound hits us 1 1/2 minutes in. It settles after 2 1/2 minutes. I like this part.It then kicks back in with heavy drums a minute later. "23Kid" opens with some atmosphere before the drums become prominant and lead the way. It's building and building until it calms back down at 4 minutes. "Welcome To the Times" is a really good tune with lots of heaviness.

"Mean Low Water" opens with some nice guitar before drums come in. Piano and a calm after 1 1/2 minutes. It kicks back in heavier than before. It stops abruptly. "Climbing On Roof(Desperate Edit)" is experimental to begin with but then kicks into gear after a minute. "The Big Afraid" has a good melody with this heavy breathing throughout. Cool track. "65 Doesn't Understand You" features lots of tempo and mood changes. A calm after 2 minutes and yes this one ends with static. "Radio protector" is mellow with piano before heavy drums come in after a minute and the piano becomes more aggressive as well. This contrast continues.

I really like the blend of styles here, i'm impressed with what these guys have to say in the liner notes as well. Maybe they should actually write some lyrics in the future. A solid 4 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | Review Permalink
5 stars On One Time For All Time, 65daysofstatic evolve their post-rock sound in novel and intriguing directions, taking themselves significantly further away from the subgenre's mainstream (which by this point was choked with Mogwai/Godspeed You Black Emperor soundalikes) and taking on a significant electronic influence which results in a brilliant fusion of the sound of their debut album with cool indie synth-rock influences that remind me of M83's work. This is, in fact, one of the best meldings of post-rock and electronic music I have ever heard, and is essential listening for all post-rock fans tired of the same old soundscapes being endlessly recycled.
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Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | Review Permalink

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