Love Of Cartography: A Taxonomy Of Post Rock

The goal of these taxonomy posts is not to provide an exhaustive and accurate list or definition of a certain genre or genres. Quite the opposite in fact: attempting to make such a complete list would only replace one stagnated image-object with another, creating an equally irrelevant definition, whether it can be considered currently accurate or not. Therefore, we want to keep some of that fuzz, to leave ends untied and room for further articles and discussion among our readers. We’re not saying that this is going to be a series; these posts take far too much time and energy to commit to something like that. We are saying however that there’s plenty more to discuss, within and without the progressive metal genre and we’ll try and do that when we can.

So, post rock. Post rock is a perfect candidate for such an examination. On the one hand, there’s a very strong and often negative image of what post rock is. Seminal bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, God Is An Astronaut and Explosions In The Sky have enjoyed widespread, cultural popularity, solidifying the image of post rock in the eyes of the public. Pretentious, long-winded, dreamy, beautiful, cinematic, instrumental and rarified are all adjectives which were born from this image. Post rock was, and still is, perceived as a genre for the few, starry eyed and sentimental. Perhaps owing to just how good the afore-mentioned bands really are, their music also overpowered the conceptual space for the genre, leading people to expect certain things from the music that fell under the moniker.

A Collective Nod – A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters

A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters is one of the most interesting and diverse collectives out there: we haven’t even mentioned a small fragment of the different variations of post-rock that they house. Add to that fact that they also sport plenty of math-rock, more electronic works and other side roads and you’ve got yourself an impressive body of work. Here’s to anew release sometimes this year and many more incredible bands enjoying the support and name of this astonishing collective!

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – Playlist Swap – 10/9/15

Even a cursory glance of our biweekly “What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To” posts (last week’s update here) will reveal that there is a great deal of variety among our staff’s musical tastes. Due to this, we brainstormed the idea of “Playlist Swap,” another biweekly segment that takes place between…

Post Rock Post – Platonick Dive

I spend a lot of time thinking about genres. Why? Well first off, I’m not very well liked so I don’t really have a social life but mainly because they’re the tools of my trade. This post is a case in point, supposedly dealing with post rock. But let’s be…