Cold as steel cinematic post rock from Portugal; calm sound yet strong atmosphere.
Steel guitars, long stretches of calm arpeggios, loud culminations in 5-7 minute long tracks; this EP by this Portuguese post-rock project knows how to satisfy genre expectations. Particular is their focus on airy, spacious sound and melancholic harmonies. So, if you crave something to accompany a chilling autumn season, there’s some auditory flavouring; as usual, found through a netlabel back catalogue (active and kicking Enough Records, in this case).
Continue reading “Welcome Home Morning Star –  Nimrod”
Carefully crafted slightly experimental ambient post rock or drone tracks, with tender vocal tracks throughout.
This marks my fifth review for one of the Silent Ballet compilation entries. This series is – or rather was – centred around ambient post rock, with a focus on experimental artists around the world. This entry is no exception. Mostly calm, slow tracks are featured on this instalment. See which two tracks I after the fold:
Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume VII: Có Vẻ Như Trời Sẽ Ngớt Mưa”
The Silent Ballet is a past review blog and compilation project. Since 2012, activity has ceased and its founder has since moved on to write for Fragile ǀǀ ¿Extinct?, which now posts occasional reviews and an annual list of 100 tracks/50 albums (very worth checking out).
This entry in the compilation series (16 in total) marks the point when its scope widened from a pure post-rock to a more general experimental musical direction. As with all Ballets, production quality is high to stellar.
Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume III: Unfolding a Broken Heart”
Debut EP of “Portugese project doing cinematic postrock”. Special treat: excellently crafted melody lines.
What I like about post rock as a genre is how consistent it is. Once you have heard 3-4 albums, you immediately can recognise it and start concentrating on subtle differences, or bath your ears in the never-ending chord progressions above percussive loops that slowly build up to a loud, but modestly self-restrained instrumental finale. And that’s what awaits you here, as well…
Continue reading “As Above So Below –  Ritos I”
Extremely shoe-gazy, ambient progressive or even post rock. Percussion only starts for the finale. Amazement during the intro.
Knoxband is the ambient post rock project by artist Vru Patel, whose albums always incorporate airy, vast, even stellar soundscapes. While this review highlights the start of this musical journey, give the appropriately named Solstice a try to see where his sound landed three years later. But first, have the appetizers:
Continue reading “Knoxband –  Equinox”
Essential post rock compilation series. Spans a huge range from almost classical to jazzy territory.
This compilation more than most rewards front-to-back listening. Much care has gone in arranging the tracks “in order”. Thus it hurts me more than usual to only rip two tracks out of context. So if you can find pleasure in those, the 9 other track in between warrant their long duration (over 6 minutes on average).
Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume II: Acquiescence and Oblivion”
I can’t best user deaddreamer‘s review:
This compilation is irrestible. It is a chronicle of victory spoken by a silent reader whose emotions are large and resonant so much so that they ripple outward the glory of triumph.
Got curious? Then read on! 😉 Continue reading “Various Artists –  The Silent Ballet, Volume I: Poetry Without Words”
Musical guitar-focused post rock. Spacy in more than one sense.
This release at Cologne-based netlabel Der kleine grüne Würfel comes from ESA’s communication officer, who produces music for a hobby; what a nice surprise! 8 tracks of laid-back, slightly trippy instrumental post rock want to be discovered: Continue reading “Marco Trovatello –  Not At All”
Cinematic instrumental post rock. Like an alternative soundtrack to Magnolia, this slow-paced exercise in wackyness.
The inspiration taken from Air cannot be overheard, and is clearly stated in the album’s release notes. So if you like the alternative sound of the French pop duo, give this album a try on a train ride. Continue reading “Wacky Southern Current –  In a Realm of Uncertain Summer”
Post-rock jazz vibes. Musical equivalent of a good, strong red wine. Becomes better the more you taste it.
I cannot pronounce the album title, but the music is a great mixture of post rock and jazzy improvisation. Special feature: non-verbal improv singing! If you have one hour to fill with sophisticated, well-produced music, have this a go with your speakers. Continue reading “GRENADE SURROUND Experience –  Свободнее Птиц”