sleepmakeswaves – These Are Not Your Dreams

After sleepmakeswaves, my all time favorite post-rock band, somehow followed Love of Cartography with the excellent Made of Breath Only, I thought I couldn’t love them anymore than I do. The follow-up was another energetic step into their sound, taking them away from the more somber beginnings of the various…

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Release Day Roundup – 7/3/20

Editor’s Note: Longtime reader Remi VL is a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and…

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PREMIERE: Bring Some Necessary Sunlight Into Your Quarantine With Two Tracks Off Of Beach Comber’s (ASIWYFA) Parting Cuts

Here are two things that are undeniably true. 1) Belfast’s instrumental post-math rock juggernauts And So I Watch You From Afar goddamn rule. 2) COVID-19 fucking sucks and is absolutely destroying the lives and careers of untold numbers of people, especially in fields that require being out in social settings…

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Post Rock Post // January 2019

I am not one to beat a dead horse, generally-speaking. I don’t like seizing on a particular argument and continually pointing out the ways in which it is dead wrong once I’ve clearly established its wrongness. In the case of the popular opinion that “post-rock is dead,” this is doubly…

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PREMIERE: Spooky Cool’s “Black Wine” Is The Deviously Infectious Summer Jam You Need

Maybe I’m finally showing my age, but I’ve gotten to the point where it takes something really special in the indie rock sphere to impress me. Albums still come through occasionally that scratch that itch I felt so often throughout college and much of my 20s, but few things really stick and weave their way into my brain like they used to. I still keep my ears out though for new bands and tunes that can bring those earworm melodies packaged with interesting songwriting that deftly balances hooks with more challenging meat that I crave. This is exactly what drew my attention to Richmond, VA’s Spooky Cool when I found their debut EP Every Thing Ever in my inbox. Formed in 2015, the band blend the big hooks and powerful melodies of classic indie like The Pixies, unconventional art-rock/pop noodling and vocal stylings reminiscent of Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors, with the occasional outbursts of angular guitars and noise that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Deerhoof record. The band have already premiered the excellent tracks “Strange Rooms” and “Old Hair Mine,” which you can hear on their Bandcamp. We are pleased to be premiering another track, the epically groovy “Black Wine,” which you can listen to here!

It’s Time To Face the Music with Reckoner Festival

It’s now time again for good news out of the ever-creative spaces of sunny, Old Kingdom(s) post/math rock in the form of Reckoner Festival. Reckoner Festival will take place on October 13th, on what will hopefully be a Saturday with some amount of sun and heat left, in the University of Sheffield, at the uber-sleek FUSION & FOUNDRY. During said date, attendees of the festival will enjoy the sounds of bands like LITE (an amazing post rock band from Japan, who you simply must hear), up and coming chaotic hardcore madmen Employed to Serve, the extremely powerful all-around-noise-machine that is Oslo’s Aiming for Enrike, blog darlings VASA, and other bands like Body Hound and Trigger Thumb.