Posts tagged ‘Post Rock’

June 29, 2022

Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays is our column where we spotlight the best new instrumental tracks.

Today we have not one but two songs so good they don’t need something as feeble as language to convey the vibe. Check out the lates from Under The Reefs Orchestra and Morus after the jump.

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March 24, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Odd Sweetheart

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Morse code and reverb-laden guitar fades into your ears as you’re gently guided into the soundscape ahead.  This week my ears traveled afar with Odd Sweetheart and their track “Structures”.  The full groove kicks in at around 40 seconds and you get whirlwind hi hats and thick yet well mixed bass tone.  Simple yet holds the original groove the Morse code directed in.   The vocals drip out of the singer’s mouth with emotion but a simplicity of singing it a thousand times.  Voice is crisp and weathered, I feel the story.  Imagery of rib cages being torn apart may make you think we go to distortionville, you’d be wrong.  The guitar stays really clean the entire time, some overdrive, delay and as previously mentioned, reverb.  It gives it a garage-indie sound that you aren’t expecting when the song starts.  I appreciate the groove quite a bit, the drummer is very tight and tasteful.  Bass drum and guitar in tandem as you soar through structures of the mind.  Tight and short, with a neat instrumental composition to round out the ending.  Don’t judge a song by its intro, you may miss a trip as good as this one!  

February 2, 2022

The Midweekly – Cloakroom

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Reach for something tangible and it dissolves into smoke. Shapes and structures lose their definitions. Faces constantly change. The encounters of a dream world, both vivid and vague. Then you wake, left with just a weird combination of feelings. The experience is better conveyed through music, like the latest record Dissolution Wave, by northwest Indiana trio Cloakroom. It’s a concept album about a force that destroys all art and imagination, and songsmiths must create new material to keep the world on its axis. The band keeps it sludgy with down-tempo heaviness on tracks like “Lost Meaning” and “Fear of Being Fixed.”  And also lighten it up with shoe-gazing, pop tracks like “A Force At Play” and “Lambspring.” Whatever mood they wish to envelop you with as they send you off into the waking world, it will be as fuzzy as the riffs, reverberated as the solos, or distant as the drums. Shrouded in mystery, yet still connected to the ground, the lyrics deliver questions and reflections about the uneasiness of continuing on with what’s lost and what’s still to gain. The vocal hooks are subtle, and sometimes delivered barely above a whisper. They lend themselves tastefully to the effects and accentuated feedback, rather than become the focal point. It’s no wonder Matt Talbot, of fellow drone rockers Hum, provides his voice in a guest appearance. Close your eyes and enter an alternate reality with Cloakroom, and help the world to stay spinning, even if it is all a dream.

January 26, 2022

The Midweekly – Go To Space Die

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Prepare your helmet and jumpsuit as you step into this inter-dimensional portal. Keep your senses tuned in as these cosmic waves fly past and through you. A new experience of space rock has arrived: Red Air Don’t Care, the debut album by Go To Space Die. In his human form, GTSD is known as Dagan Thogerson (Murder By Death), and it’s the first solo effort from this percussionist. But don’t let the sticks fool you, Thogerson handles every instrument adeptly. From the first clean notes, bright and cheerful, like a sunrise on the horizon, to the final somber riff as it fades into a twinkling night, RADC is a soundtrack for the stars. The two major elements that make up this flying rock are post and prog, but as it hurls its way towards your ears, don’t be surprised if it accumulates some doom and emo in its tail. The intrepid production and writing traverse different patterns and moods. You might find yourself lulled into a waltz by some big chords with a synth filling in the voids, then quick as a sci fi action scene, a riff with a dizzying time signature blasts you away. So, make ready your comet lasso, and press play on these 8 tracks…wait…isn’t 8 the symbol for infinity?! *sound of mind blown*

April 9, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have new music and the briefest of descriptions thereof from Airships on the Water, Alexander Karavay, Peter Flesch, Sloane’s Viper and Ruby Bones.

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February 17, 2021

The Midweekly – tetema

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

It isn’t a new take to say that a record is heard differently when you listen through headphones as opposed to through regular speakers. But sometimes that listening experience can be vastly improved. I took in Necroscape, the new release from tētēma, casually the first time, by way of standard stereo speakers, and found it to be as i expected, strange and not easily absorbed. But on a second spin through headphones, the nuances of the production blew me away. This collaborative between Australian-born composer/pianist Anthony Peteras, and vocalist/human sound fx machine Mike Patton defies genre at every turn. Keys, synths, and tape loops, combine with acoustic percussion (Will Guthrie) and strings (Erkki Veltheim) on ambient ballads, bass-driven grooves, odd-time rock, and heavy industrial noise. Patton’s multitude of chants, scats, and croons fly from left to right, near and far, like someone having too much fun with the panning knobs. What lyrics are decipherable are as enigmatic as the music. The whole thing ends with a great cover of Chico Buarque and Ennio Morricone. Get up close to this one, it’s all in the details. 

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February 17, 2021

The B-Side: Airships On The Water

Sprawling instrumental post rock goodness, that not only gives us a mathy emo first movement that sounds a bit like Mineral minus the vocals, but a sweeping second movement that balances dynamics and melody in a fashion not unlike Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You Black Emperor. If you’ve been craving an epic soundtrack to your week, then look no further than “Another Year Outside The Frame” from Airships On The Water.

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