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3 stars Post-rock is an enigmatic genre of music. Eschewing standard song structures, compositions are extended and very much dependent on creating a mood, an atmosphere or space for the listener to engage with. JAKOB do this well, though I have some reservations when comparing them with the greats of the genre.

JAKOB is a New Zealand three-piece that create dark and heavy atmospheric music. I've not listened to their entire catalogue - their music is not all that easy to come by - but, judging by this album, I'll be searching out their other records. Eight ponderous tracks span the gamut from light ('Faye') to the deepest darkness invoked by distorted guitars (the single 'Semaphore' and 'Skew Aard'). At their heaviest they invoke bands like PELICAN and ISIS, but their soundscapes are true post-rock, more sophisticated than their progressive metal peers. The main criticism I'd level at this record is that the tracks are a little too short to fully engulf the listener in their soundscapes. Their buildups are necessarily briefer and less emotional than GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR, the touchstone for this genre, but they can still transport the dedicated listener to another, slightly more disturbing, world.

My favourite moment: the stunningly clean snare that emerges about six minutes into the guitar swirl of 'Jimmy Hoffa'. My pick for outstanding track on the album.

I am new to this band, and credit for introducing me to JAKOB must go to I was fortunate to pick this up from my local iTunes store.

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Posted Monday, September 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is stunning. This group's ability to write this increadibly atmospheric dirty and beautiful music, all of these three elements at the same time is what makes this album so mind blowing. The song lengths aren't that long and the buildups don't last that long, though they do exist and play an important role in this music. The album is mixed top-notch, especailly the drums. When the drums kick in at the end of the song Jimmy Hoffa, it gives me goosebumps every time. Oh, and Semaphore.. there are no words to describe it. Get this album, it's a materpiece.
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