Taste the music of…We Are Oceans

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After the news concerning a Maybeshewill side project, I felt like I needed to celebrate with some post-rock. Not that I have an obsession with them, nor Jamie is swear *coffs*. Anyway, away from fangirl-ism, back to the music. Continue reading

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Mountaintops.

mountaintops

My dear reader, as you may know, I am a mess with genres (my iTunes includes a “Mexican Pirate Porn Rock” release, just saying). However, I am one of those emotional listeners, who gets easily into the spiral of over-categorization. To me, bands are not just incapsulated in one simple word. Oh no, that would be so much easier, for both of us (you as the reader, and me the writer). All of this, to introduce you to a rather tricky band to place: a dreamy ”ambient-y” instrumental rock piece, called mountaintops.
This four-piece from Mexico is composed of Francisco Cabrera, Daniel Pazarán, Juan Gómez and Joshimar Vergara. The self-titled EP, available for free on the Bandcamp page, is a nice blend of hazy guitars and floaty Maybeshewill-esque electro-beats, seen in for instance From the Deepest of the Darkest of Night, on the Horizon, Bright Light Enters Sight Tight (the titles are also quite Maybeshewill-esque in length). Despite being slightly lo-fi in production, the attention to delays and echos creates quite a cohesive flow, adding a fuzzy touch to the post-rock reverb-y formula. More ambient-like are tracks like It’s a Promise, Emarosa and Andy, Belle, Marbles, Molly, Olaf, Rover, Snoopy and Spike – remember what I just said about title-lengths? The soft-colouring reminds me of amycanbe’s dreamy folk, which conveys an ethereal and mystic aura. However, experimental bass-driven lines (Antlers) and playful notes (Au Troisième Jour de Chaque Mois d’Avril) are dropped along the way, suggesting some twists in the plot which don’t really happen, except for some interludes.
As part of the post-rock aficionados, I really do appreciate the so-called “variations on a theme”. Most of the times, I prefer to place some of it in the “ambient” section of my mind-catalogue, however, I feel like people tends to see it as a negative acceptation aspect, related to “background-like”. Mountaintops. dreamy, minimal touch makes this EP an easy-listen release, enhanced with post-rocky riffs and instrumental virtuosity. And I cannot see anything negative in that.

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Mountaintops
Similar Artist: Amycanbe, Killington Fall

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Jet Plane

Jet Plane – All The Static Stars

There can never be enough Russian post-rock. They really know how to deliver some pretty fascinating music, despite the fact that these bands rarely get across the border. Bryansk-based Jet Plane, composed of Max (guitar), Serge (guitar), Dima (drums) and Kostya (bass), [qualify the previous statement of them being fascinating].

All the Static Stars is an overall beguiling album, that oscillates between ambient post-rock (Background) to a Maybeshewill-esque heavy-post (Purple). Without really losing the melancholic core that has been one of the band’s trademarks since the début Shelled (another suggested download, by the way), they add even more power, almost jumping up into the metal-metre (if you allow me this rather peculiar image).

Guitar delays and reverbs enhance the shoegaze-y violin distortions to make the palette richer, in order to create a more colourful pattern (Every Possible And Endless Way) in songs that are quite long themselves (well done Sherlock, it’s bloody post-rock).

The real flaw of these tracks are the over-whelming ambient-like interludes, that may lose the listener’s attention every so often. However, Jet Plane’s approach can be curious and adventurous, as they add some spicy bass-lines to create some bluegrass ballad-esque tracks (Rose, Volcano Riding). Also the water-y intro of Disappearance at sea incorporates both the ambience and a subtle electronic-vibe, not to be underestimated in the whole picture.

All in all, this is all we are asking for when we listen to a post-rock album: either to enthrall us, to stagger us, or to travel with us wherever we decide to go to. And Jet Plane would be a pretty nice companion.

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All the Static Stars
Similar Artist: Killington Fall, Portfolio
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Late Night Venture – Pioneers of Spaceflight

Insomnia: general sleeplessness, inability of sleep (Oxford Dictionary) – and, I’d like to add, the least healthy source of writing time. I owe you an apology, this busy week ended up with me struggling between sickness, life changes and general business – plus, the already mentioned lack of sleep. Anyway, here we are,writing about Pioneers of Spaceflight, one album to listen to during a silent night (morning?), when the wind is the only one whispering in my ears.

Despite the overall technique-style differences, Pioneers of Spaceflight I’d still like to address to as Pink Floyd gone me(n)tal. Late Night Venture come back after the 2006 debut, masterfully mix post rock and spacey doomy tunes, with a quick stop into the contemplative Buckley-esque field. Whether you call it spacey or cosmic, this 10-tracks took six years to be polished: isolation, hope and celestial beauty packed with the least-cliché post-rock influences. These features are the key ones of some best new post-rock bands, such as Explosions in the Sky or, my favourite at the moment, Maybeshewill. 

The heterogeneity within the album is quite impressive: from wall-of-sound (Kaleidoscopes) to doomy bass-driven vibe (The Empty Forest), by way of the ambient reverber-y interludes (Ready No, Birmingham, Trust). This Norvegian piece boosts the spacey atmosphere with distorted riffs (Peripherical)  and epic backing vocals (Houses), just before the gran finale of Carisma – a seven minute psychedelic epilog. The introduction of vocals creates a stimulating proggy hybrid, infused with lunar shades and a transcendent aura (Hours).

It may be the exceptional clear sky of this early morning, it may be the influence of the book currently on the bedside table (the complete Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy), but Late Night Venture’s ship seems to be sailed from the earth to lead us in a personal tour of the universe. It took 6 years, but I’d say it was really worth the wait.

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Pioneers of Spaceflight
Similar Artist: Maybeshewill, Sycamore Age
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01. Kaleidoscopes
02. Peripherals
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3. Houses
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4. Birmingham
05. The Empty Forest
06. Hours
07. Ready No
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8. Trust
09. Glitter Pony
10. Carisma

God is an Astronaut – Age of the Fifth Sun

Hey guys, told you I don’t lie, didn’t I? So this is a review by a new blogger, he’s Joe Petchonka, and he’s going to talk about God is an Astronaut. Joe P. has been a writer for over five years, and has written for newspapers, websites and automotive dealerships. In addition to having an extensive writing background and bachelor’s degree in English, he has helped companies develop professional material to help them achieve their goals. (Fab / Electra)

God is an Astronaut

Age of the Fifth Sun

(Revive Records)

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