Friday, August 6, 2010

Post - Rock That Doesn't Suck

Post Rock That Doesn't Leave You Feeling As Unsatisfied As Last Time You Looked At Sailor Moon Porn:

And So I Watch You From Afar - And So I Watch You From Afar

Metal tinged and played with a bombastic intensity and relentless innovation that makes me giddy. Not just a collection of riffs without vocals, these songs contort and explode over their lengths with many wonderful resolutions. Post rock that seriously goes somewhere.

Pirate Ship Quintet - The Pirate Ship Quintet EP

Striving for a deeply cinematic quality, this debut album shows a massive amount of promise. They are able to incorporate almost lullaby-like passages of simmering mystery with an excellent sense of musical structure into larger structures of cathartic group playing, they retain a sense of melancholy even at their peaks.

Sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus

This album walks a fine line between being very classical and very jazz with exquisite instrumentation and complex compositions. A shimmering clean texture and an operatic scope. Really fantastic percussive work underscores the soaring melodies and excellent group playing which gives all of the players a voice even when they are in backing rolls.

Mono - You Are There

Probably the most typical of the albums in terms of being "post-rock" but the dynamic tension and instrumental interplay are operating with a level of perfection and gracefulness that puts it on a whole different plateau of that tension between chamber music composition and shivering wind-blown peaks of the distorted-grandiose that most post-rock seeks after.

Last of the Juanitas - "In the Dirt"

Post-rock, but dirty and punky-quirky like John Spencer meets the Minutemen. Short, funky, raw with a few sparse vocals that lend an aura of desperation.

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