I’m back, so it’s time to post some stuff. First of all, a definition - Wikipedia says that post-rock is a musical genre characterized by the use of instruments commonly associated with rock music, but using rhythms, harmonies, melodies, timbres, and chord progressions not traditionally found in rock. Post-rock musicians typically produce instrumental music. Fair enough.
So, the first band we’re gonna talk about is Lights Out Asia. Post rock band from Wisconsin, formed in 2003. Some say that one of their albums, Eyes Like Brontide, is one of the best post-rock albums ever. I can’t agree with that, but seriously, the album is really good. It’s a must listen.
Click on the cover to download:
Next up we have a really good EP from a band named This Will Destroy You. The band formed in 2005 and released the EP which was originally supposed to be the band’s demo, it almost wasn’t released, Young Mountain, the same year. This is one of my favorite post-rock albums.
Cover and link:
On a more experimental note, I present you two albums from Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Working with orchestrated arrangements, the nine-piece group created tracks with wide dynamic ranges, a highly evocative use of instrumentation and sounds and uncompromising long form compositions. Their engrossing use of art and visuals in both album packaging and live performances creates an enigmatic aura. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Yeah. I’m gonna post two albums from these guys, both are a must try if you’re a fan of a genre. Well, if you’re a fan of the genre you probably heard these albums already, but oh well.
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven - One of the tags on last.fm for this album is “albums to listen to while lying in bed completely alone with my eyes closed and all lights off thinking about nothing at all and just letting myself go”. I recommend doing that.
And the last album from GY!BE - F♯ A♯ ∞
Time for a different band. I think it would be unfair if I made a post-rock article with no Mogwai in it. It’s one of the most influential and best known bands in its genre. Young Team. Their debut album. Pure fucking awesomeness.
Link to the album in V0 quality:
That’s it for today. Enjoy!
…for not posting anything lately, but I’m coming home, in Romania, after a 5 week trip to Germany. On Sunday I’ll stop to see Iron Maiden in a Romanian city, but Monday I’ll be home, and I’ll get back to posting.
Hello again. Obviously, in this post we’ll talk about trip-hop. This genre emerged in the mid-1990s, and it has gained huge popularity since then. I think the most popular trip-hop group is Massive Attack, especially the album Mezzanine. I think that if you never had any experiences with trip-hop, this album is a good starter. One of the songs off it is the theme song of House M.D.
Link to the album (click on the cover):
Now I bet you guys are all like “come on, everybody knows this album!”. Relax, guys, because Doctor Flake is in the house. Now, this french guy that goes by the name of Jean Marie Léger (isn’t Marie a girl name? whatever) makes songs based only on samples, kinda like DJ Shadow. The end product is a delicious trip-hop album with abstract hip-hop influences that is definitely worth checking out.
Cover and link:
Aaaaand for the last album of this post, I have, again, something foreign. It’s Half Dub Theory, a russian band with Portishead-like vocals (girl singer). They started out in 2006 in St. Petersburg, and they combine sounds of dub, soul, jungle, hip-hop, indie rock and even glitch to create a melange of awesomeness. Here’s a recommended album:
This month I found some really good folk artists, thanks to /mu/.
First off, The Tallest Man on Earth. Being born in Sweden, Kristian Matsson, by his real name, played in some band named Montezumas. His latest solo album, The Wild Hunt was released this spring and it offers some really nice and catchy songs. I’ll say it now though, this guy kinda tries to sound like Bob Dylan, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing…right? Well, here’s a youtube link to a song from the album. If you’ll like it, then you’ll have fun with this album.
Now the link to the album itself (click on the pic)
Next up we have some Mumford & Sons. Indie folk band from England, which started playing in 2007 with other british folk bands such as Noah and the Whale or Laura Marling. Only last year they released their debut album, Sigh No More. I read on Wikipedia that they got nominated for fucking Mercury Prize, whatever that is. My favorite song from this album is The Cave. Youtube link of the song (acoustic version, though):
The last album I’m gonna post isn’t really 100% folk, but it’s really great. Nana Grizol’s album entitled Ruth, is, in my opinion, the album of the year. At least so far. Last.fm tags this band as folk, indie, folk punk, indie pop, but, as I said, even if it’s not 100% folk, it’s really worth giving a try. Happy album, makes you hop around like a happy bastard. Oh, and it has trumpets a la Neutral Milk Hotel.
Cover and download link:
That’s it for now, people. I hope you enjoy these albums as much as I do.
I’m gonna jump right into the subject. This is a music sharing blog. I won’t post albums just from one specific genre or something. Instead, I will share whatever I’ve come across on teh internets. Without further ado, I will share an album that I found a few months ago - Voxtrot’s self-titled EP.
It’s a very nice album; indie pop at its best. Highly recommended. Too bad the band doesn’t exist anymore. Oh well.
Click on the album’s cover to download.