Grün – Manyana

Perhaps I haven't heard enough in the way of instrumental post-rock in recent months, but Grün's music and its varying components of abrasion, clarity, repetition and full-on overdrive makes for an enervating, immersive listening experience. At least some of this is a result of the album's production. Eschewing the grimy, organic sound that so many … [Read more...]

Balms – “Nothing In”

San Francisco-based dream-pop band Balms has contributed its recent single “Nothing In” to the Alternative (F)acts compilation album released via Greg Wilson’s DKFM Shoegaze Radio (acting as a one-time record label).  Balms released a self-titled EP in 2014 and will follow that up with its debut album this year. The shoegaze-centric comp … [Read more...]

The History Of Colour TV – Something Like Eternity

The band website says much about The History Of Colour TV and their music even before the first notes have spilled out of the speakers. An animated sequence of dark, rain heavy stormclouds blowing overhead, preparing to unleash all manner of thunderous weather conditions. As an introduction to the Berlin-based post-rock trio, whose third album … [Read more...]

Magnetic Ghost – Loss Molecules

Out of the great open spaces of the Midwest comes Magnetic Ghost, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Larson.  In the tradition of hypnotizing lo-fi acts like Low and Flying Saucer Attack, Magnetic Ghost haunts the senses with droning, expansive, and looming compositions that veer from quiet … [Read more...]

Interview with Vibrissae

Portland, Oregon-based Vibrissae is slated to release its enchanting debut album Somewhere Away in August via Vipchoyo Sound Factory.  On the full-length, Vibrissae offers up a sonically accomplished and stylistically varied batch of songs that meld or alternate between electronic and synth-based sounds and guitar-driven shoegaze.  Band members … [Read more...]

Rothko – Discover The Lost

Having first emerged in the late-‘90s, as part of the Anglo answer to the American post-rock scene epiphanies from earlier in the decade, Rothko have often been overlooked despite a remarkably prolific work ethic and passing profile leg-ups from Bella Union and Too Pure in 2001/02.  Not as arrogantly ambitious as Mogwai, not as rocking as Billy … [Read more...]

Parlour – self-titled

Recently I've had cause to speculate on exactly what I can and can't accurately describe as post-rock. With so much music being made that seems to emphasise its ambient rather than actual rock influences, or that contains recognisable and often utilised influences of previous years, then inevitably elements of predictability begin to make their … [Read more...]

The Loom – Here In The Deadlights

One thing about beginning your album with what may be your strongest song is that it gives the rest of proceedings something to live up to. "Fire Makes" - the first track on what is the newest LP from the Brooklyn folk/rock crossover quartet - is a tremendously effective introduction to The Loom on their third full length release. A swirling, … [Read more...]

Elevant – There Is A Tide

First track "I'm Only Falling Apart" crashes out of the speakers like a suddenly opened and over-full cupboard of objects that make loud noises when they land on the floor - unspecified metal implements, half a dozen skateboards, unstrung guitars and skinless drum parts. On their third album, Elevant have much in the way of gained experience to … [Read more...]

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Harmlessness

Two years after the release of their last LP, the eight-piece Connecticut outfit, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, now release their sophomore album, Harmlessness. The band has now fashioned a different sound compared to the previous studio album, Whenever, If Ever. However, the instruments have kept a familiar, … [Read more...]