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.