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3 stars Second EP from this Norwegian post-rock quartet was released in November 2009. Four atmospheric, cool and a bit fairy songs with slight scent of Nordic folk. Classic twin-guitars based post-rock quartet is supported by additional drummer, violinist and bells.

Music is what you're expecting from Norwegian post-rock, with all pros and cons. And being a very fresh and pleasant listening, it lucks personality, what is main problem for hundred other post-rock bands.

Not bad listening for genre fans, but don't expect unusual music: you will get what you expected.

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Posted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars Not that it matters, but in my October '09 review of the freshman effort by this young quartet of Scandinavian post-rockers I ended by writing "...a follow-up EP is due any day now." Less than a month later the new recording was released (again, via free digital download from the band's web site), and what's the title? That's right: "Any Day Now"...a mere coincidence, or uncanny cyber-synchronicity?

My initial response to the new recording is to note the more aggressive sound of the band this time out. The EP opener "Geigenteller" plays like a long-lost EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY composition, but the addition of violins and (on later tracks) saxophone helps to make the music fairly unique. The EXPLOSIONS influence surfaces even higher in the aptly-titled closer "Beauty of the Night", drawing a solid line from the kindred twin-guitar icons of Austin, Texas to the 1099 home base in Trondheim, half a world away in western Norway.

Each of the four songs blends smoothly into the next, alternating between moods of blissful near-ambient calm and fuzzed-out guitar catharsis, particularly effective in the emphatically titled "Up! Up! Up!" The abrupt ending to this track is the exception to the otherwise seamless flow of the EP, sounding like someone accidentally kicked a plug out of its socket.

This new effort doesn't advance the band's style any further from their year 2008 debut, but at least consolidates their aims with confidence and strength. And if the all-too brief 21-minute running time (far shorter than their first release) seems a liability, keep in mind the group is generously giving both recordings away free of charge, a welcome altruistic gesture in tough economic times. Consider the two EPs as separate halves of a single worthwhile CD, and well worth inclusion in the expanding pantheon of international Post-Rock.

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Posted Monday, June 14, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars The second EP from this Norwegian post rock band is an interesting addition to the post rock scene.

It is obvious where this band comes from. There is even a nod to the Norwegian Black Metal scene on the opening minute of the final track Beauty Of The Night. But before that, we have been treated to some fine post rock with the occasional nod to Norwegian folk music too. The above mentioned Beauty Of The Night is the strongest melody here, clocking in at seven minutes. It takes the listener from the bleak black metal landscape to some Norwegian folk and classical music too. Everything under the post rock umbrella, off course.

The quality of the first three songs...... ehh.... melodies are not particular impressive. They are too standard post rock to really enthuse me. But this EP is saved by Beauty Of The Night which is the best melody here by miles. If the band had written and recorded more songs like this; this band would rise to somewhere near top of the post rock genre. But this is still a good EP and it is a free download too from their homepage. Good, but not genre defining great.

3 stars

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Posted Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Review Permalink
3 stars Simple post-rock with influences on noise rock and a bit of minimalism, there are no great melodies on this album but i liked the harmony. Their first album is a lot better, with great melodies and incredible themes. With only strings and drums they make a sound verisimilar, good to listen in urban landscapes... The reason why this album is not great is certainly the absence of melodies.

For those who really like post-rock, listen! For those who do not, whatever...

Unfortunately, there are no such original CDs to buy. I also talked with the band via MySpace and they said they recordered a new album but his album has never released...

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Posted Monday, July 18, 2011 | Review Permalink

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