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One of two (so far) Belgian bands that play the usual sort of Post Rock, Sweek is the older one, coming from the Mosan city of Andenne and Condruzian city of Havelange, both cities being in the foothills of the Ardennes. Originally a quintet, based around Sauveur's violin and the usual twin guitars attack of Sore and Hougardy, the line-up has grown to include the delicious Florence Sauveur on Cello and keyboards. Their first album The Shooting Star's Sigh was recorded in 03, released on the ultra-small Carte Postale label, although a promo singles dates from 2002.

Sweek slowly grows in profile and has often played in the northern part of the country and sometimes opening for prestigious groups. Their second album The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash dates from 05 or 06 and comforted them in the usual post rock sound, but now reinforced by a double string section, the Sauveur on cello and violin, thus giving the band an edge and a fairly different attitude towards musical power. Their third album is now being recorded and could still see the light of day (still on the Catre Postale label) before the end of the year (08)

:::: Bio written by Hugues Chantraine, Belgium ::::

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3.41 | 6 ratings
The Shooting Star's Sigh
3.98 | 8 ratings
The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash

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 The Shooting Star's Sigh by SWEEK album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.41 | 6 ratings

The Shooting Star's Sigh
Sweek Post Rock/Math rock

Review by The-time-is-now

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


 The Shooting Star's Sigh by SWEEK album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.41 | 6 ratings

The Shooting Star's Sigh
Sweek Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Sweek's debut album is pretty well in the line of what the usual post rock band's had to offer for the last decade once GYBE! found its sound. It doesn't seem that many groups ever went farther than emulating that formula, and Belgian bands (usually late starters from 04 onwards) like Tomn, Cecilia::Eyes and Sweek don't seem able to renew the genre.

The group seems to investigate means at being different, but with this album, fail to come up with proper solutions. In the album's track list are the two tracks that were featured on the promo single, Micobacterium Leprae and Everybody Takes the Airplane (whether in the same version or not is not clear), However the violin/cello/piano part of the line-up is relatively unusual that Sweek should be able to get out of the all-too-beaten path, yet fall in the traps of using strange monologues that plague the genre: Sweek manages to go even further than GYBE in the weird and bizarre, making their debut not that easy for frequent listenings. And they can't seem to escape the dead-flogged horse idea of the hidden track stick after a few minutes of silence in the last track.

It doesn't seem that I paint that nice a picture of Sweek's debut and surely they haven't invented hot water with Shooting Star, but this was a first draft f the much better follow-up Cinemativc Crash where the group pulls a very improved soundscape, definitely something innovative on the usual formula. But that Sweek's next chapter

 The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash by SWEEK album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.98 | 8 ratings

The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash
Sweek Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Prog-jester
Prog Reviewer

4 stars SWEEK play wonderful Instrumental Epic Post-Rock, with violins and horns, ranging from obvious long melancholic tunes like 'A Dead Sleeping Forest' and 'Iki' to noisy 'Trust Me' with amazing folky high- tempo outro (not to mention that 'Tequila fitness club', a track with the most stupid name I've seen for a while, has real rumba section!). But this is neither your YNDI HALDA stuff nor SPARROWS SWARM AND SING lament - this is more like NEIL ON IMPRESSION or MAGYAR POSSE who manage to stay eclectic in narrow walls of Post-Rock room. I like such music, and SWEEK tends to show traces of originality despite the lack of emotions (read MELANCHOLY AND CLIMAXES!). Sometimes more Prog than Post-Rock, SWEEK has this stunning sense of 'music-ness': it seems that their experiments are never go further than music itself, no experimentation for its own sake, thanks for Sundays! That shouldn't mean they're afraid to experiment; in fact, that should mean they're too experienced to bore you with pseudo-experimental noises and anything of this sort. Highly recommended and not to be missed!
 The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash by SWEEK album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.98 | 8 ratings

The Unbelievable Cinematic Crash
Sweek Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars Second album from Belgium's leading post rock groups Sweek, but this album is a real grower compared to their debut. Apparently having now integrated fully Florence in the line-up, Sweek started heading for less-charted territories in the post rock continent, which to my belief remains much to discover, but most bands staying cautiously ion the GYBE! realm. Don't get me wrong Sweek still hold the GYBE! stigma, but unlike many groups, they do boldly stray away (a bit anyway) from the conventional much beaten post rock paths written a decade ago. With a very disputable artwork (they've got to get someone to worry a bit more about this issue), the sextet also invited a bunch of guests, including two wind players, which will indeed provide fresh soundscapes. .

The lengthy (15-mins) Thanx For Sundays opener holds some real sonic differences with the usual canons of the genre: it's rather hard to describe, because most of the ingredients in post rock are usually there, but here they sound a tad different, partly due to Franois' violin and while not being extravagantly different, it sounds rather fresh and very welcome. The following Tequila Texas Club has some Latino-type trumpet, making the Mariachi post rock sub-genre more than a possibility. The 16-mins+ song goes through a series of fairly rapid changes (given the post rock realm) that metamorphoses its structure thouroughly, while again remaining typically post rock. After the short noisy interlude of Tears Of Happiness, the group plunges in the savage IKI, which uses the full dynamic range and finds its own reason of existence

Although you'll hear the usual slow start laced in the cello/violin sounds, you'll also find the same trumpets that graced the Tequila track on A Dead Sleeping Forest, where an electric piano (played by violinist Sauveur) takes post rock in rarely explored territory. A lengthy semi-playground veering nightmarish sound collage starts the closing Trust Me and after roughly 5 minutes the violin takes the group inro an extremely fast romp of a jig for a stunning finale.

Been dreaming of a Post rock band that you can recognize fairly quickly?? It looks like Sweek might just be that group. While their two records fail to show the extreme nature of the band live, their original sound is probably one of their better assets.

Thanks to Sean Trane for the artist addition.

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