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POST-ROCK:

The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music "using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords."

Originally used to describe the music of such bands as Stereolab, Disco Inferno, Seefeel, Bark Psychosis and Pram, it spread out to be frequently used for all sorts of jazz- and Krautrock-influenced, instrumental, electronica-added music made after 1994. Bands from the early 1990s such as Slint, or earlier, such as Talk Talk were influential on this genre. As with many musical genres, the term is arguably inadequate: it is used for the music of Tortoise as well as that of Mogwai, two bands who have very little in common besides the fact that their music is largely instrumental.

The aforementioned Tortoise was among the founders of the movement. After the second Tortoise LP Millions Now Living Will Never Die, the band became a post-rock icon. After Millions... many bands (e.g., Do Make Say Think) began to record, inspired by the "Tortoise-sound" and were often described as post-rock.

In the late nineties, Chicago, Illinois, became the home base of many different groups. John McEntire (of Tortoise) became an important producer for lots of them, as well as Jim O'Rourke (of Brice-Glace, Gastr del Sol and many more). Post-rock began to range from the slow, guitar-based ambience of Boxhead Ensemble to the up-tempo electronica of Stereolab.

Montreal, Quebec band Godspeed You Black Emperor! - later renamed 'Godspeed You! Black Emperor' - brought a political element with anti-globalization movement leanings.

By the early 2000s, the term had started to fall out of favor, while the major artists kept on making high quality recordings. The wide range of styles covered by the term had robbed it of its usefulness almost from the moment it was coined.

Closely related to post-rock is the genre known as Math rock, characterized by more percussive timbres, and more dissonant harmonic gestures.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Post-rock".



MATH ROCK:

Math Rock is a genre that emerged in the late 80's and that was influenced by both the intricacies of progressive and avant-garde rock - King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Henry Cow - and 20th century composers such as Steve Reich and John Cage. The music is characterized by complex structures, angular melodies and constant abrupt changes in tempo and time signature. The name Math Rock is a term that grew out of the Chicago scene and the artists working with engineer Steve Albini in an effort to describe the new style.

The basic building blocks of Math Rock can be traced back to the late 60's and 70's where Progressive Rock artists were making more elaborate compositions than the standard rock bands and were experimenting with song structures. Early Avant-garde groups like Massacre, and artists such as Captain Beefheart and John Zorn were highly influential to Math Rock bands and traces of their music can still be heard throughout the genre. Another big influence to the Math Rock approach was Slint with their album "Spiderland" which showcased many techniques that Math Rock bands will follow in the future. Punk also had significant impact on the sound of Math Rock bands. Other notable influences are: Post-Rock, Heavy Metal, and Jazz.

Although there are Math Rock bands in different countries around the world, most reside in the United States, the Midwest in particular, and tend to be divided by regions: Pittsburgh bands (Don Caballero, Six Horse) Chicago bands (Shellac, U.S. Maple), Ohio bands (Keelhaul, Craw) Louisville bands (June 44, Rodan, The For Carnation, Crain), and San Diego bands (Drive Like Jehu, Tristeza) among others on both coasts. Japan was also an important country in the Math Rock genre with bands like Ruins and Zeni Geva.

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Swans
4.31 | 37 ratings
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Magyar Posse
4.16 | 148 ratings
ENTER
Russian Circles
4.11 | 432 ratings
ÁGÆTIS BYRJUN
Sigur Rós
4.11 | 404 ratings
LIFT YOUR SKINNY FISTS LIKE ANTENNAS TO HEAVEN
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
4.40 | 22 ratings
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Lis Er Stille
4.26 | 31 ratings
PHANTASIA
Lite
4.27 | 29 ratings
SOUNDTRACKS FOR THE BLIND
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4.42 | 17 ratings
BEAUTIFUL
About Tess
4.27 | 27 ratings
FOR LONG TOMORROW
Toe.
4.03 | 310 ratings
F# A# ∞
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
4.08 | 82 ratings
ONE TIME FOR ALL TIME
65DaysOfStatic
4.05 | 110 ratings
IN A COLD EMBRACE
Battlestations
4.07 | 72 ratings
THE SEER
Swans
4.06 | 78 ratings
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Don Caballero
4.55 | 10 ratings
DREAMS THAT COME A THING (PT I) ...NEVER THOUGHT IT MAY SEEM…
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4.34 | 14 ratings
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4.15 | 27 ratings
GIVE ME BEAUTY... OR GIVE ME DEATH!
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3.97 | 199 ratings
SHADOWS OF THE SUN
Ulver

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 Congratulations On Your Loss by FATHER FIGURE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Congratulations On Your Loss
Father Figure Post Rock/Math rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Father Figure hail from New York City and came to life in early 2010 with a core of four musicians, guitarists Mike Osso and Eric Horowitz, drummer Steve Osso and bassist Gerard DeCarlo, while Horowitz handles also a Wurlitzer piano.Two years later they managed to record their debut with the paradox title ''Congratulations on your loss'', recorded at Woodside Studios.It was free downloadable from the bandcamp platform, but it was also sold in a digipack CD format.

As a young group from the land of contemporary sounds, Father Figure fairly explored the territories of ice-cold and technical Post Rock with all its dissonances, atmospheric soundscapes and heavy breaks.But you might ask what a Wurlitzer piano is doing among the complex rhythms and mascular twists of a Post Rock act.You guessed it right, the guys show some love for Jazz and Fusion and the combination with their heavier outputs makes up for a good amalgam between atmosphere and serious musical complexity.The Wurlitzer does not surface quite often throughout the album, but its presence is pretty representative of what these guys were up to.They are first and foremost a progressive band, then a Post Rock act and their sincere lust for intricate instrumentals with jazzy overtones and KING CRIMSON-influenced weirdness dominates the album.These killer dual guitar moves with the solos over the rhythms, the sudden tempo breaks and the jazzy spices in the bass lines and drumming are leading the album with comfort into the progressive world.The Wurlitzer adds some light aura when used and I wish they could have thrown it in a liitle bit more just to sweeten an otherwise cold atmosphere a bit, so typical for contemporary groups of the Heavy/Pst Rock variety.Instead these softer values will surface without the piano, in some lounge atmospheres provided by the band via smooth soloing and careful jazzy guitar tunes.Great technical background overall and add some discreet sax here and there, played by guest Andy Jovanovic.

Post/Prog Rock, pretty complex at moments with some sporadic RUSH-like heavier overtones and tireless, inventive jazzy pyrotechnics.Warmly recommended.

 Yanqui U.X.O. by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.97 | 245 ratings

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Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Another amazing collection of music by this seminal band. There isn't a lot of political music out there anymore, but GY!BE is political...and they are Canadian. They hit the political message right in the nose.....and they are mostly instrumental. In fact, in this album, they are completely instrumental and this is probably their most political/musical album. But that is one of the beauties here....you can take the political side and guess at what they are trying to convey by looking at the album art and etc., or you can close your eyes and imagine any image that the music conjures up in your mind.

Like I said, this is all instrumental. There are no sound collages and field recordings that were evident on their other albums, and, unfortunately, it is the one thing that is missed here. But the music itself is awesome. There are 3 main compositions here, two of them are divided into 2 parts, plus the vinyl had one extra track (which, by the way, is a spoken word recording by George Bush which has been cut and pasted together). Each separate composition is actually a multi-movement work, but, and this is another unfortunate fact, the movements are not outlined in the program notes or track list like it was on "Lift Yr Skinny Fists....". I do miss that because it would make the tracks seem less dense on this album. I know having that diagram of the breakdown of the tracks on the previous album really helped in the understanding of the music structure. But, once again, the music is still amazing. This album is more of a musicscape where their other albums were soundscapes.

It always surprises me, that given the length of most of GB!YE's works, that the time always seems to fly by when I am listening to them. On this album, you have 2 tracks that are over 20 minutes, but, even with the slow buildups and long releases, the time still goes by quickly and they are over before I know it.

A lot of this music was actually in existence before the recording of the E.P. "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada", so it's been around for a while before the recording of this album. The music was perfected and retitled (from titles in GY!BE concerts). The music works off the basic Post-rock formula, which in many cases for me, has been a failure for many other bands because they don't expand on the formula enough. However, it always seems to work so well for GY!BE, because of the emotion put into the music, the way all the layers work together so well, the timing seems to always be right as far as when to reach the inevitable climax, and the fact that the music always moves or progresses. Rhythms change almost seamlessly but at a moments notice, the music is symphonic and epic. To me, this is in the same category as Classical music, even if it is still rock (progressive art rock), it is rock music pushed to newer boundaries.

A lot of fans seem to have had a harder time with this album. I know I did at first, but now I notice a lot more variety and movements within each song, which were not quite so evident without the program notes that were available in "Lift...". The music seems denser at first too because it isn't broken up by the field recordings. The thing is, with this album, it takes more time for it to sink in. But, the beauty and the wonder is still all there. Dynamics are determined more by layering then I think it was on earlier albums. There is definitely a lot more dissonance in this album also, which works well for the music on this album.

When I first heard this album, I considered it a lesser recording than the previous albums. I have gotten past that now. It took time, but I have found the masterpiece in this album and now consider it as great as their other albums. Yes it is a masterpiece and, as the other GY!BE albums, I consider it essential, especially for the proclaimed lovers of Post-rock.

 The Exquisite Death Of Saxon Shore by SAXON SHORE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.68 | 16 ratings

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The Exquisite Death Of Saxon Shore
Saxon Shore Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars When I think of post rock greats, I think of bands that are inventive, emotional, dynamic, and orchestral. I think of Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, A Silver Mt. Zion, and even Oceansize. Those bands (among others) have defined the sound and refined the sound. I think of the texture of velvet or leather. Then there are a few other bands like God is an Astronaut and Saxon Shore that have attempted to popularize it and it makes me think of plastic. These bands have taken post rock and twisted it back to the mass public. This is the type of album you get when that happens. An album of music without a lot of heart. An album full of music that is underdeveloped and without the emotion.

That is also how this album comes across. These are mostly short post-rock sounding songs that most reviewers say are aimed at those people who like the post-rock sound but don't have the patience to wait for the climactic part of the song. Well, that would work fine I suppose if all post-rock was cut from the same mold. And I suppose a lot of the copycat bands do follow the same formula. However, the best bands explore and refine the formula, even move away from it. There are also a lot of post-rock bands that do shorter songs and still do them with emotion and originality, like Mogwai. I don't get that feeling with this album. I feel like I am listening to music that has been done before. This is post-rock with all the good stuff taken out of it. It is entry-level post-rock. Sure it has some fine moments, but I think those moments are reached by accident more than through musicianship. There is one excellent track on this album and that is "A Greatness at the Cost of Goodness". Other than that track, you get several short to medium sized tracks that don't explore much and that sound like they are making music based on a bunch of clichés, trying to take the post-rock formula and breaking it down to it's fundamentals, but leaving out everything that makes it original. It's almost like they are turning the genre into everything it is trying to stand against.

That is my main complaint with this album. It has no heart. That's a pretty big complaint. I can't call it poor because the production is good. I have to give it at least 3 stars because it is post-rock after all, but it just is not essential, groundbreaking, and it has no heart.

 The Norwegian National Opera by ULVER album cover DVD/Video, 2011
4.54 | 26 ratings

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The Norwegian National Opera
Ulver Post Rock/Math rock

Review by progadicto

4 stars If there is an experimental and innovative band nowadays, that's Ulver and this live album is such a great example of their talent to make extraordinary atmospheres and dark but even proggy compositions.

This concert at the Norwegian National Opera presents some of the greatest titles of the band between 1998 and 2011, including tracks from delightful albums from latest 90 such as Perdition City, Svidd Neger and William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; from their latest and equaly amazing producutions: Blood Inside, Shadows of the Sun and War of Roses, along with some tracks that you'll find into EP's like A Quick Fix of Melancholy or Silence Teaches You How to Speak, among others.

The concert catches you from the first minutes with a dark musical ambiance that shows some sort of acted but cruel execution by hanging. After that, Ulver displays a lot of video material to give their music a kind of visual context that fits perfectly almost any song, turning the National Opera into a phantasmagoric scenario fullfilled with dark and impressive atmospheres.

The concert is a materpiece from the beginning to the end but if I got to pick some highlights I recommend to you listen (and see) very carefully what I call the "Blood Inside Suite", the two songs extracted from Perdition City and Like Music and Not Saved at the end of the album. With no hesitation, 4 great stars...

 EP by MOGWAI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
3.85 | 10 ratings

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EP
Mogwai Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars One of the advantages of the EP is that it is a good way to try new sounds without a large investment in time or money. This EP works well as a great introduction to Mogwai's style of Post-rock music. There are other EPs that don't work as well, but this one gives you a good balanced sample of their instrumental music.

The EP comes in 3 different versions; one with 4 tracks, another with the same tracks with 2 more added, and another with those 4 tracks plus 6 more added. The latter ends up being the same length as an album, so it works the best. As far as this review goes, the 4 base tracks still give a good example as you have 2 heavy tracks (1 and 4) and 2 lighter, mellower tracks (2 and 3). All of them are great, though I tend to be attracted to the softer side of Mogwai because I love the beauty and simplicity of these songs, but all of them are great examples of post-rock genius.

Mogwai does not fall into the trap that some post-rock bands do of following the typical formula of starting out soft and doing a slow crescendo to a loud climax. It's good to see that the best post-rock bands are venturing away from that formula and Mogwai is no exception. Mogwai is very good at variety and doesn't always have to have lengthy tracks to complete their musical ideas, though they have several lengthy ones also. Their music also utilizes a lot of keyboards and percussive instruments, it isn't always centered around guitars. Even when it does center around guitars though, it isn't always the same "wall of noise" texture either. Variety is the key word in Mogwai's music and the reason why I consider them one of the best post-rock bands in existence right now. I rank them right up there with the best.

This EP itself, however, works as a great introduction to those testing the waters, and is also one of their best EPs. Since I am reviewing the 4-track EP for a stand alone work, my own complaint is that it isn't long enough, of course. Other than that, I still consider it an excellent addition to any collection, but I would search for the EP + 6 version over the 4 track unless you just want a sampling of the music. 4 stars.

 Enter by RUSSIAN CIRCLES album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.16 | 148 ratings

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Enter
Russian Circles Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is the first full album (having released an E.P. previously with some of the same songs as this album on it) by the band Russian Circles. This is typically a band with only 3 members, but the sound is such a full sound for only 3 members. The style is somewhere between Post-rock and Post-metal in that most of the songs are heavy. The sound is somewhat similar to Pelican, only I think it is a little more accessible. It doesn't have the wall of sound style that is typical of Pelican, but is more inventive and less formulaic.

The musicianship is great and so is the production. There are some technical passages and some great hooks throughout. The sound is a little too similar, but there is more variation than what you would hear from other post rock or post metal bands like Yndi Halda or Pelican, probably leaning more towards the Mogwai sound, but consistently heavier. A few of the tracks are a little bit less heavy like "Micah" and "You Already Did", but even they have a degree of heaviness to them.

In my own personal opinion, I find the music on this first album quite enjoyable. I like the weightiness of the feel, a little dark with occasional bursts of light. I would have preferred a little more variety, but the songs do get better after repeated listenings and it is easier to pick out differences in the tracks than it is with Pelican's music.

In all, it's a good start for Russian Circles, who would become more adventurous as time goes on. Lovers of post rock and post metal should find plenty to love here and should listen to this band. They have toured with Pelican, Tool, and several other heavy well-known bands. Excellent addition to any prog rock collection. 4 stars.

 Enjoy Eternal Bliss by YNDI HALDA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
4.19 | 36 ratings

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Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Yndi Halda Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Except for one other demo album, this is so far the only album from this band. Coming from the UK, this band created this album when they were going to school, so I guess you could say it's a boy band. But you won't see them in any boy band circles for sure. They are a far cry from anything commercial. They are definitely a post rock band along the likes of Mono more than anything. You could even call them "GY!BE-lite". And I mean lite as in heavy-lite, not dark-light.

Unfortunately, that is where their fault lies. The reason that GY!BE is such an outstanding band and Yndi Halda is just a good band is because YH does not deviate much from the typical well- worn pattern that post rock is famous for where GY!BE is so much more dynamic and use a lot more variation in that pattern, they are not afraid to use variation of that formula. YH take the typical post-rock pattern of starting out soft and quiet and meandering along on a slow cresecendo until they reach a climax, usually repeating that pattern one more time with a slight variation in melody and then they call that a complete song. This pattern repeats itself 4 times on this album, the shortest time is just over 10 minutes and the longest close to 20 minutes, so they take their time as you can see to explore that pattern.

The third track "A Song for Starlit Beaches", was apparently added to the E.P. for the 2006 international re-issue of the album to make it more album length even though it is still considered an E.P. (although this makes the playing time at 65 minutes). This in my opinion, is the best track. It still follows the same pattern, but has a more discernible and beautiful melody, plus a few extra instruments are added in like a banjo and piano. There is a short vocal section also. The additional instruments are too underutilized however and if you are not paying close attention, the track pretty much ends up sounding a lot the same. But if there is a standout, this is it.

No doubt that there is some beauty in their melodies that are usually played by the solo violin and the slow churning songs, but the pattern does get old after the first 20 minutes of the album, and it gets frustrating when you come to the understanding that it isn't going to change too much. Granted, this was their first official recording, so I should be giving some slack here. It would be nice to see if they can expand on the sound they have established. But from what I have been reading about the band, they have talked about a follow up album for a few years now, and in 2014, they finally were reportedly back in the studio, but they have commented that their style has changed to focusing on acoustic instruments with more vocals. This could be good or bad, depending on just how far they go in attempting to popularize their sound. As of yet, that remains to be seen.

So, we have a decent post-rock album that does not break any mold or tradition. You can hear this same pattern with some variation in earlier Mono and Mogwai recordings, but both bands have continued to expand on this pattern. GY!BE has also far surpassed this pattern, even in their first official album. For these reasons, and for the fact that there just isn't enough variation in the pattern throughout this album, I can only call it a non-essential album. No doubt, if the band had continued to explore the genre, they would have probably been producing much better music by now. If you are a post-rock lover and you don't mind any deviation from the well-known post-rock pattern, then this is for you. It does work well as background music, but otherwise can be hard to listen too because of it's lack of variety and ingenuity. 3 stars.

 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.11 | 404 ratings

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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that this album and the previous "F#A# (infinity)" album and the E.P. "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada" are all masterpieces of post rock and anyone that claims to love post rock should be familiar with them. In fact, the Rate Your Music website lists "Slow Riot..." as the best E.P. out of a list of 5000 E.P.s ("Top EPs of all time") that are voted on by members of that site on a monthly basis. It keeps winning that status month after month. But at the same time, I am shocked at how many people that I discuss music with have never heard of this band or of "A Silver Mt. Zion", even people that would be considered music experts, even now that I am living in Canada (since the members of the band are based out of Quebec).

This is an album that has been reviewed many times on PA and is rated quite highly, though I see a lot of varying opinions also. Keep in mind that this band has been very influential in post-rock music and continues to be now with their re-formation. This album is instrumental except for some short spoken word and field recordings that help set the atmosphere for the tracks on this album. To me, this is what a modern day orchestra should sound like. The music is full at times and ambient in others with a wide range of both quick and slow crescendos and decrescendos throughout the long tracks. The music is quite bleak sounding, but done so well that it invokes amazing feelings in the listener, sometimes dark and broody and at other times uplifting and inspiring. It is not easy to listen to if you have not been introduced to post rock because there is a lot of dissonance and odd timbres in the harmonics between the instruments, but that all adds to the uniqueness of the band.

The best way that I have found to listen to this album is to break up the long tracks. In fact, it would be nice if the CD were indexed according to the movements within the individual tracks, but that is only a minor complaint. There is, however, a drawing included with both the CD and the vinyl (inside the gatefold in the vinyl) which shows the structure of the 4 compositions, and it makes the entire album a lot easier to digest and gives each track a lot more personality than it does if you try to listen to the entire album without this structural drawing. It helps to understand and break up the long tracks by following this map. Even without the exact timing listed on all of the movements, it is easy to determine about where each movement ends and begins even though there are no exact breaks between the movements, they flow into one another and at times overlap a bit. But they are mostly distinct and not combined/meshed together as Yes was inclined to do. Even with the distinctness between the tracks, they flow into each other naturally. Following the structural map will increase your understanding of the individual complete compositions and your appreciation to the genius at work in the music will increase as will your love for the music. At least it does for me.

This is also the longest album by the group at over 80 minutes of excellent music. It is not the best music to drive to, at least until you familiarize yourself to it. The music demands your attention and I have found that when I drive my mind wanders a lot, the music in this album might take on a feeling of sameness if you haven't familiarized your self to it. This is music that you need to sit back and listen to and understand the images that are being invoked. The images that come up in your mind however are going to be a lot different from mine, and probably from the images the band had in mind also. It's okay to research what the band wanted you to feel, but I feel it works best if you can relate your own experiences to what you listen to.

Amazing, haunting, inspiring, progressive. Definitely a masterpiece to modern progressive rock music and essential for anyone following post-rock. I love this music and not only rank it as some of the best rock oriented music ever, but also some of the best classically influenced music and hopefully someday, music like this will be seen and respected as classical music. Simply gorgeous and wonderful. 5 extremely bright stars.

 King Nine by BLUENECK album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.40 | 6 ratings

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King Nine
Blueneck Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Lear'sFool

5 stars Around the turn of the new millennium, a whole swath of music, across several genres, all played with a bleak mood. In the wake of the masterful and highly successful "OK Computer", dour artists got the most hits, and others soon decided to tap that part of their psyche and join them. Post Rock of the time was a part of this phenomenon, but in the genre's own special fashion. You wouldn't say that "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven" was too closely related to "Urban Hymns". But now, a decade later, Blueneck have decided to essentially fold Post-Britpop styles and sensibilities into the Post Rock mold, and have done so to excellent effect. This is like The Verve collaborating with Mogwai, creating a sparse, minimalistic, atmospheric, and textured blend of popular bleakness and prog-leaning ethereals and art. This is melancholic, beautiful, and oh so unique - this would even have stuck out in the age it hearkens back to! Masterfully played by five of the best and most obscure artists in all post, this is a must have for postheads and people who've been digging Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson solo, recent Anathema, and The Verve. An unexpected, crossovering throwback, that is what we've been needing all along without knowing it.
 Beacons by WOLVES IN ARAMID album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Beacons
Wolves In Aramid Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Music for a breezy afternoon

Hailing from Edmonds Washington, Wolves in Aramid is the musical partnership of Dylan Faltisco and Bryan Bulmer. With noted influences of Oceansize, Radiohead, Mogwai, Circa Survive, and The Dear Hunter, they formed in 2010. In 2012 they released their first EP "Obsidian" and their latest EP from summer 2014 is called "Beacons."

Amusingly to me they call both of their albums "EPs"...since "Beacons" clocks in at 40 minutes I'm surprised they don't consider it a proper album. Maybe it's a generational thing now in the age of 75 minute CDs but "Beacons" certainly satisfies as an album to me. On their website they say they "like to write lush, interesting, and unique songs" and I think "Beacons" succeeds on that front. The music is quite lush and beautiful and despite having few weapons in the arsenal (guitar/bass and drums), they manage to be interesting without keyboards or a flamboyant vocalist.

Most post-rock is atmospheric and emotional and this describes Wolves as well. Their 5-8 minute long tracks are comprised generally of two guitars (both guys play guitar) playing off of each other, mostly clean single notes or chords with occasional feedback, distortion, and effects. The drumming comes and goes as needed when things need to rock out. The title track opens in gorgeous fashion with acoustic guitar and Faltisco's dreamy/distant vocal (there's a bit of singing, not much) before they launch into a harder rocking section. It's dramatic and bold sounding, in my view the best piece on the album. "Plus the Monkey" also gets a bit funky and sounds more in line with stuff like Oceansize, as did "Sails". Much of the rest tends to be pretty mellow, occasionally subdued, but always tasteful and enjoyable. I love the moods they capture here and there although there is certainly some room for improvement. I really enjoy hearing two guitars weaving and reacting to each other, especially when there is ample space for them to be heard properly. This is why I love post-rock and am always surprised that it is so often ignored by progressive rock fans. For me the songwriting of "Beacons" conjured outdoor/elemental images more than typical post-rock angst/darkness, a feeling which would seem to be backed up by the beautiful outdoor images of their videos (two of which I will be posting to their page.)

"Beacons" feels somewhat modest in its intentions and indeed the duo seem to enjoy being self-deprecating on their FB page. But I think the album shows more than enough talent and potential to take things to a higher level in the future, should they choose. It's a lovely work of contemplative instrumental (mostly) rock that went by very quickly each time I played. 3 1/2 stars perhaps though not quite 4.

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