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65DaysOfStatic - One Time For All Time CD (album) cover




Post Rock/Math rock

4.11 | 126 ratings

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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.

GoldenSpiral | 4/5 |


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