Dias de Septiembre – Terminal

I didn’t know what to expect from a post-rock band hailing from Venezuela.

Perhaps a band with some excellent world music influences? A touch of Latin American sex appeal?

Upon first hearing ‘Terminal’, it is clear Dias de Septiembre have incorporated a complex, well-composed variety of influences here.

‘Nostalgia’ is a beautiful composition, bringing thoughts of Explosions in the Sky to mind, but with a certain bite that Explosions don’t possess, perhaps incorporating a little Pink Floyd or Santana.

This is very much music whereby you can hear passion and a love of all that is instrumental, with epic build-ups being a strong feature, yet not the only stand-out aspect.

Onto the next song, which I absolutely adore, this one is called ‘Luz’, and employs a beautiful salad bowl mix of post-rock guitar, percussion and female vocals (Spanish, of course).

I wish more post-rock albums had a song such as ‘Luz’ on them.

This then bleeds into title track ‘Terminal’, which heavily employs the post-rock genre, and then shifts into the mournful ‘Ausente’, which really does have a Pink Floyd-esque vibe, fully making use of the band’s talented guitar player.

‘En Transito’ is an upbeat post-rock track, and is followed by ‘El Desierto’, which has a cool Western vibe flowing through it, making good use of the harmonica and a steady drum pace.

Lastly, a track that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Low record, or perhaps another slowcore 90’s band, ‘Un fin premeditado’ is a gorgeous way to end this album.

Utilizing female vocals again, there is something angelic and innocent, yet dramatic and so well-made about this track.

At just over 14 minutes long, this track really is all about the passion, energy, composure and musicianship that post-rock truly embodies.

I am excited by this band, and truly think any post-rock fan out there needs to sit up, take some notice and give Dias de Septiembre a good listen.

This is post-rock, but with a stand-out passion and quest for guitar domination, steady rhythm from bass and drums, and haunting vocals that really stand out.

Website: http://www.diasdeseptiembre.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DiasdeSeptiembre

Bandcamp: http://diasdeseptiembre.bandcamp.com/

 

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Top 5: Post-Rock songs from non-Post-Rock bands

This Top 5 could essentially cover any ‘instrumental’ track from any musician and any genre. But, what I am getting at here is sometimes you can just tell a track has been influenced by one of the post-rock greats (Mogwai, EITS, 65daysofstatic, G!YBE).

Influences aside, perhaps listeners just find that a song bears all the hallmarks of a potential post-rock great. It just so happens that the band haven’t been neatly categorised as ‘post-rock’. 

Enjoy the list……

5. Faunts – Meno Mony Falls

From Faunts’ EP ‘M4’, a short collection of songs which also features the Mass Effect soundtrack, ‘Meno Mony Falls’ is a melancholy, slow, electronic ballad, sprinkled with some epic post-rock guitar, and with not a lyric in sight. It is an emotive track, carefully built, and isn’t trying to be catchy. A little bit of post-rock from a Canadian indie band.

4. Amusement Parks on Fire – At Last The Night

This is very post-rock, and there is certainly something Mogwai-esque about this track from shoegaze band Amusement Parks on Fire. Uplifting and serene, the track combines strings, piano and vague vocals, building up with layers like many a post-rock song. Check it out.

3. Alcest – Le Secret

In a genre (and world) all of their own, French band Alcest created this track early in their career. I’m not entirely convinced it fits any genre, but something about it reminds me of Explosions In The Sky’s ‘Memorial’. Repetitive, epic, hypnotic guitars, and a sound that keeps climaxing, Alcest have created a post-rock/metal/shogaze masterpiece.

2. Oceansize – I am the Morning

Beautiful. An epic start to Effloresce, ‘I am the Morning’ opens up with a calm (but slightly cheeky) guitar melody, before crashing into a full-on, post-rock storm. Sure, many post-rock fans love Oceansize, most likely due to their instrumental stuff, but this is certainly the track which screams post-rock, from an otherwise very alt rock band.

1. Thrice – Night Diving

Number one on the list, ‘Night Diving’, performed by Christian hardcore band Thrice, is undoubtedly infuenced by post-rock. Starting with the melodic guitars, which soothe you before the drums and bass kick in, the epic energy, alternating between calm and crushing guitars, make this my favourite post-rock tune, from a non-post-rock band.

Immovable Objects hit my inbox…..

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….and I just have to review these guys!

Well, Immovable Objects started out as just one guy – Matt Gagin – but he decided to get together with Paul, Brad, Ted and Tim and record some instrumental rock.

Their album, ‘I’ll Know To Beleive In Sparrows’, was released last year, and it packs a post-rock punch of steady guitar intros, passionate peaks of instrumental loudness, and the type of positive vibe I get when I listen to Explosions in the Sky.

‘From Courage to Liberty’ is a stand-out track, with a beautiful, flowing introduction, gradually building up to a noisy (but not brutal) guitar-driven conclusion.

However, not all the tracks have that ‘post-rock guitar’ sameness, which most bands in the genre employ.

Final track ‘From Dependence Back Again Into Bondage’ uses strings and bells, feeling very orchestral for just four guys, and drenching me again with the positivity and joyful atmosphere of previous songs.

I like this record.

The band are clearly making music because they love doing so, and there is a real passion to their songs.

A real pleasure to listen to.

– minus.lyric

To find out more, visit: http://www.facebook.com/Immovableobjectsmusicpage

To download the album: http://immovableobjects1.bandcamp.com

Withyouathome release debut album

 

You may remember the ‘ones to watch’ list I blogged back in February, which featured Thai band Withyouathome.

Well, they unleashed their mellow debut album to the world last week, and it is dying to be reviewed, so here it goes….

Comprising of the four tracks found on the EP, and four new tracks, the album, ‘Our Lives Are All Very Forgettable Events In The Universe’, is light and delicate, with subtle epic parts to keep the harder post-rockers happy.

The same barely audible voices appear every now and then, reminding me of shoegaze, and giving tracks such as ‘Scaffolding The Skyline’ a haunting feel, not unlike Ef, or indeed, Pale Saints and My Bloody Valentine.

Elsewhere, the angelic gems ‘Quietly’ and ‘Senba Zuru’ are soothing, sunny tunes, reflecting the band’s roots in Thailand, and perfect to chill-out to.

My favourite, however, is the rousing ‘Solar’. A beautiful guitar opening leads to those airy vocals again, and slight drumming ensures it stays ethereal, but without losing the post-rock feel.

Withyouathome are a band to get excited about, in an ocean of samey post-rock that is instantly forgettable, they do shine out.

I would of preferred to hear some more new songs on the album, and perhaps the inclusion of so many EP songs was a mistake, as they are clearly capable of great songwriting.

But, perhaps, like their music, they want to remain mysterious and delicate, and the best is yet to come.

To buy: Amazon Bandcamp

Further Info: Facebook

 

Update…

Hello readers,

Just a little note – I have been busy with a few things, hence the absence of posts, but I am re-designing the blog (may make it a site, not sure) and getting myself some more PR links. I promise to keep bringing you the best new post-rock/instrumental music updates, alongside my new aim to bring you reviews from different genres, like a weekly genre-specific review that isn’t post-rock.

– minus.lyric

Arbor Lights debut EP !

 

After a year of playing gigs, Birmingham’s Arbor Lights have unleashed their debut EP upon the instrumental rock landscape.

The four-piece band, who have played alongside the likes of Killer Yogi and The Cape of Good Hope, gained a rather large fan base during their extensive gigging, and released a single last May called ‘On A Sea’.

However, they have now released their debut self-titled EP, and based upon first impressions, these guys are certainly a band to be taken seriously.

The five tracks that make up the release are short, crystal-clear and to the point – they don’t veer off the road into the bushes of crazed distortion and randomness.

Elements of Explosions in the Sky’s beautifully clear lead guitar and soaring melodies can be heard throughout, plus Arbor Lights play just as tightly as the aforementioned stadium-fillers.

This EP is filled with catchy riffs, proving that this is a band who aren’t simply trying a bit of post-rock and hoping for the best.

Standout tracks include the haunting, progressive opener ‘El Arborlito’ and joyful little number ‘Constants (Part 2)’.

Personally, this is the kind of post-rock I don’t tire of and that would be great to see live on a stage somewhere.

A thoroughly recommended debut.

‘Holy Noise From Above’ – Haida – a review

Hailing from Belfast, the somewhat mysterious Haida are in the process of releasing a few songs via their Bandcamp page. After listening to their release ‘Holy Noise From Above’, I set about researching the band, finding snippets of artwork and music. But I want them to remain a little mysterious, as the Eastern strings of their music so clearly also is.

 
Influenced by the cinematic side of post-rock (quite clearly so), their sound may appeal to lovers of 65daysofstatic’s Silent Running or The Destruction of Small Ideas. Picturing anything else but a film scene is hard to do upon listening to these five tracks.

 
The slowcore guitar of the track ‘He Says We Had The Sun’ is dark, bringing a film noir atmosphere to the track. This track symbolizes what makes Haida stand-out from the murky waters of post-rock. It is a steady piece, becoming gentle after the rather unsettling opening – a radar-esque electronic tinkering straight from a post-apocalyptic film or dream. A beautiful combination of both strings and guitar become entwined with one another, and continue the tracks gentle yet mournful pace.

 
Elsewhere, the epic repetitiveness of ‘The Night Of The Last Judgement’ brings a glimmer of happiness to the release, which has, at its soul, a darkness. The slow, carefully arranged instrumentation often fades to something with a very different feel, and it unnerves you as you listen. It isn’t a release to be bored with. The title track itself offers an array of sounds – brass, strings, drum, guitars, whatever. It is a track in which to find something new with each press of play, a dark pool in which to lose yourself at night.

 
However, due to the experimental feel this band have employed, it may leave some post-rock fans bored. For although ‘experiment’ and ‘bored’ don’t often go hand in hand, it is the lovers of post-rock’s steady drums and guitars being played as though extensions of the soul, who will find Haida’s release hard to take in. I feel fans of the festival bands would have a hard time listening to this record, due to its cinematic and almost classical nature.

 
But, this is no bad aspect. Post-rock/instrumental band 65daysofstatic employ many of the same features of Haida, and they have grown in popularity.

 
It seems to be that there is an underlying theme at work with this release. With its Eastern European violins, melancholy atmosphere and mysterious little noises here and there, it could have a concept to it. Looking at the combination of song titles (which sound like sci-fi book chapters), and the war/destruction feel to the artwork, I may be right. Or it may be because they like it. Either way, the musicianship at work here is worthy of praise, for Haida sound like they have composed a million-dollar film score.

 

Find out more about Haida:

http://haida.bandcamp.com/

http://inhaidawetrust.tumblr.com/