As time goes by, post rock is apparently being forced more and more into exploration under the sheer weight of its aesthetic. As a genre which deals with re-configuring and re-hashing rock, this is perhaps a much delayed return to the roots of the genre. We had long cried out for this form of experimantation, warning that stagnation lies in avoiding it. Thankfully, 2015 and 2016 seem to be heading on the right trend, with a host of new(ish) groups tackling the validity and relevance of post rock (Tumbleweed Dealer, Farfetch'd, VASA, Father Figure, Town Portal to name a few). Here's another name for that list: Overhead, The Albatross.
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Percussive picking took the Internet Metal Nerd world by storm a few years ago, when a gentleman by the name of Jon Gomm entered the scene. However, the style has existed for decades, perhaps even more than that. Its main features are turning the guitar into a percussive instrument, whether by harsh picking/tapping on the fret-board or by actually drumming on the guitar body. It makes a sound which isn't quite like any other: the guitar's resonance lends it a melodic vibe, conjuring dreamy landscapes. However, I've never quite heard it utilized like it is on Farfetch'd and the album Southern Skies Motel. This is nothing less than a post rock album utilizing those vibes to further complement the already present, far out there feel of post rock. And it's a one man project. And it's from Bangladesh, India. Let's get started shall we?