In a sense, trying to get my meaning across with these opening paragraphs is more akin to post rock than I’d thought. And that’s what I’d like to leave you with before we dive into this month’s picks: we don’t make this list just to showcase our taste or highlight great bands (although the latter is a big part of it, for sure). We also do it because we feel like post rock is an important genre with important things to say, things which relate to the basic human condition, our hopes, dreams, failures and expectations of the world us. So as you go deeper into this post, try asking yourself what emotions, modes of thoughts and perspectives is this mostly instrumental music trying to get across to me? What is being communicated by and underneath the music I am listening to?
Oh boy, that title really sucks, doesn’t it? Luckily, the music will more than make up for it. You might have noticed recently that we are really, really into what’s happening in the New England post rock scene. Both the result of many bands suddenly releasing music (like This Patch of Sky and upcoming titles by bands like Wess Meets West) and last year’s US edition of Dunk! Festival, that scene has had a huge spotlight pointed its way. That’s an exceptional thing, since it really has been making incredible post rock, for almost a decade now. And new names are constantly being added, like Man Mountain, of whom we are here to talk about. They’re getting ready to release their third album, Infinity Mirror, this Friday and you absolutely have to go this new track “No Man Needs Nothing” a listen. See you afterwards.
Since the release of their third studio album Barricades in 2015, New Haven, CT’s Wess Meets West have been on a consistent upward trajectory. An appearance on the highly-regarded Audiotree Live series in 2016 placed them squarely on many listeners’ radars. They have been further bolstered by placement in the Spotify Deep Focus playlist, as well as on programming such as NPR Morning Edition and ESPN’s X-Games. A mainstay in the New England music scene, they have often shared the stage with fellow rising post-rock act Pray For Sound, and also recently supported This Patch of Sky prior to that band’s appearance at dunk!usa this past October. It doesn’t hurt that their home base of New Haven features the highly-regarded venue The Outer Space, which consistently pulls in fantastic touring bands.