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.