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Post Rock/Math rock

3.73 | 98 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was not at all what I was expecting. I kept saying to myself "This is a Post-Rock band ?" Anyway the music is laid back with a lot of minimalism, and very little in the way of outbreaks.

The first track "Djed" is almost 21 minutes long and recalls Krautrock of a bye-gone day. It opens with assorted sounds and subtle bass lines. We get a guitar melody for a minute before drums arrive 2 1/2 minutes in. A keyboard line joins in as well. After 10 minutes the bass stops and we get some organ play. There is a short break as vibes, percussion, electronic drums and some annoying sounds all take part in the second half of this song. This is the epic track but definetly not one of the better ones in my opinion. "Glass Museum" is my favourite track on this album. A laid back soundscape with crisp drumming treats our ears for the first 2 minutes, then we get a brief section of guitar sounds and keys with no real melody. This atmospheric passage ends, then 3 1/2 minutes in we get an uptempo melody for the first time on the record. The soundscape from the beginning returns a minute later. Nice.

"A Survey" is almost 3 minutes of bass sounds mostly. A tough listen. "The Taut And Tame" has a good beat as drums are prominant in this uptempo, catchy tune. There is a guitar melody that comes and goes. There is almost a Jazz element to this one later on. Good song. "Dear Grandma And Grandpa" has a dreamy intro and we can hear samples of a child talking. Percussion sounds take over. "Along The Banks Of Rivers" is my third favourite. It's like I can hear the melody that is being played and like a shadow a similar melody follows. This is a slow paced tune with keys and guitar leading the way.

I like this cd, it just doesn't reach the levels of many of the Post-Rock albums I have, still I have to offer up the fourth star for this significant recording.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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