Even when it’s 2018, 2017 keeps delivering. Delving into the dog ends of the year is proving to be an exercise in regret, as the number of releases I missed continues to grow. Luckily, I still have a blog on which to write about them so let’s get to it! Nordsind are a fresh band from Denmark who released their debut EP not a few weeks past, in December. Efterår (“autumn”, in the native tongue) is a post rock album which works on tension between quieter passages, which remind one of Sleeping Bear for example, and heavier parts which skirt on post metal, in the style of Set and Setting. This should tell you what to expect, so I’ll meet you below after your first listen.
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“Som Aske i Vinden” (“like ashes in the wind”), a track which also has a beautiful accompanying video, exemplifies all of the above cited influences. The furious and yet somehow dreamy blasbeats, the fierce, delay-laden tremolo picking which sits on top of them, the crashing cymbals; all are classic elements of the type of heavy post rock we are dealing with here. The style is beautifully executed on this track, with composition giving mind to the need to change and flow even when the passages seem overall repetitive. Great use of synths, which remind one of Alcest‘s dreamier passages, are found throughout the track and give it much needed variety. These are perhaps the true highlight of the track, their clever usage turning it from simply good to great.
The rest of the album moves between ideas like these to softer takes on post rock, which nonetheless are want to burst into energy without much notice. The result is a pleasing little EP, a release that speaks of the promise inherent in Nordsind; if they can build on the ideas present here and make a full length which so expertly weaves the different influences as they have here, they’ll be destined for great things. Keep your eye on them; we hope to hear more from them soon!