Category Archives: Post Rock

Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1&2

Epic post-rock/drone album combo.  Earth are well into their second decade of making music, and rather than stagnating as most bands do, they just keep getting better. A bluesy, subtle, slowed down take on post-rock with sprinklings of their pre-AoD/DoL doom-drone period, the addition of a cello being the most notable development. Dylan Carlson, the main man in the group, is a master of tone and atmosphere. He creates tracks ranging from 3 minutes to 20 minutes all with  the same effect; lulling the listener into a state of placidity. There’s many arguments against the changes the band has taken in terms of their sound, mostly the hardcore fans. I dare say that they have become a lot more accessible, and through  that more popular. It’s not a bad thing, not at all. A reaction born out of their followers ravenousness for more of the same drone-doom. Whatever.

Highly recommend this to be listened to as a combo. It’s an unreal 2 hour experience.

A taster from each album:

Hell’s Winter (AoD/DoL 1):

His Teeth Old Brightly Shine (AoD/DoL 2):

The ‘bums:

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2

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Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

It can be sometimes upsetting if a band takes a change in musical direction. Especially after their first album. It’s normally coupled with a sense of rage and loss. Fuck Buttons manage to overthrow such commodity. They’ve darted away from their previous noise/drone combo, maturing their sound. Tarot Sport is like an electronic take on an epic post-rock album. The structure, the sweeping drones. It’s a thing to behold. Even a quick glance at the song list can give you a hint on how colossal the album is. Titles such as “Space Mountain” and “Flight of the Feathered Serpent” just scream galactic overtures and 14 minute tracks.

The band themselves are from Bristol, and consist of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power. Orchestrating the producing was the trusty Andrew Weatherall, worked with Primal Scream in their heyday, who honed their sound so much it could carve through time itself. These guys done remixes and covers of My Bloody Valentine and Mogwai stand out as well.

Here’s the opener aptly named “Surf Solar”:

The good bit:

TAROT SPORT PERO PERO

For all the Mogwai fans out there, here’s Fuck Buttons take on “Mogwai Fear Satan”:

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Mouse on Keys – Sezession/An Anxious Object

A vicious and  technically brilliant jazz, post-rock, hardcore band from Tokyo is the best description I can muster. The drummer and one of the insanely talented piano/keyboard players are from the post-rock group Nine Days Wonder . When they play shows they project large images of crazy shit such as; big fucking geometric shapes, abstract shots of Tokyo and mad ‘3D shapes’. S’all p.cool.

The album, An Anxious Object, and the EP, Sezession, are both incredible displays of technical skill. Here’s the first track from the EP.

Ze zips:

Sezession

anxious object

domo arigato

 

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