I guess we've hit the doldrums of summer for new music, though you certainly wouldn't be able to tell that by a look at our most recent Editors' Picks and Death's Door columns, which were positively overflowing with good new material. So I'll revise that: I guess we've hit the doldrums of summer for new post-rock. I'm not sure what it is, but July proved to be a struggle to find many releases of note, though what did manage to rise to the top was pretty exceptional. Slower times like these though offer a perfect opportunity to take a look back at some of the bands making waves in the scene in the past year or so and remember why they're so great, as well as catch up on some things you missed the first time around. And there's no better vehicle for that than the compilation, which is what makes the timing of the latest edition of one of the best post-rock/metal compilations around from our friends and merch partners at A Thousand Arms impeccable!
But lo and behold, here we face the Post Rock Post for May and there's not a lot of meat on them bones. Previous months have been pretty stacked, so what's to explain this sudden scarcity? Perhaps it's a desire by introspective bands to hit peoples' ears when they know they crave "inside music", when Winter is in full force and keeping you aside. Maybe it's just coincidence and I'm reading way too much into this. Or maybe, just maybe, it's because Nick has been away doing Life Things™ and I'm flying solo again. Who knows? What a mystery. In any case, the lack of quantity should by no means imply a lack of quality; the albums listed below are as excellent as they are varied. And varied they are: running from a type of dark post rock that flirts constantly with post metal, through forest dreams and ambient sojourns in pastel lands, all the way to nu-prog influenced guitar lines and the saccharine joy they bring with them, this months's post rock post brings with it a mood to suit all colors.
It's no secret that I'm a sucker for emotional music. I listen to music to feel something and it doesn't matter whether that something is good or bad. However, it's also no secret that I tend to gravitate towards the darker side of the spectrum, often preferring melancholy to happiness, contemplation to joy and coldness to warmth. Luckily for me (and unluckily for those in my life that have to deal with my moods), there are plenty of bands out there who are more than happy to indulge my penchant for feeling depressed. One of these bands is Spurv, a fantastic post rock group from Oslo, Norway. They trade in the kind of classic post rock made famous by Mono and leaning heavily on those titans for inspiration. They've been around for a while and have made consistently convincing post rock in the interim of their career. Now, we're proud to premiere "Es Blekt Lys Lyder" from their upcoming album Myra!
Man, time flies, doesn't it? I honestly could have sworn it had only been maybe 3 months since I wrote up this post about the excellent blog post-engineering's first ever Bandcamp compilation. That mammoth endeavor included over 4 hours of brilliant music covering a very wide variety of post-rock, post-metal, and other heavily post-influenced sounds. It introduced me to a ton of fantastic bands (one of which even wound up on my year-end list!). It's in fact been half a year since that was released though, and now post-engineering is back with a brand new comp spanning a whopping 42 tracks over nearly five hours. And just like the last one, it's 100% free!