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Mogwai – “RAVE TAPES” Review

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Genre: Post-rock / Instrumental

Label: Rock Action

Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai… Mogwai is the name of a band that is just as beautiful to listen to as it is to type the name. The Glaswegian collection are revered as one of the most important bands in post-rock worldwide and while the genre has reached an undeniably stagnant and stale stage, Mogwai still manage to cause a stir of excitement with each release: lately with their soundtrack for Les Revenants, their remix album “A Wrenched Virile Lore” and now this, “Rave Tapes”, the 2014 addition to their already healthy discography.  Continue reading

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Top 30 Albums of 2013: 30-16

Here’s the the list of all the albums that have either been on constant rotation throughout the year or albums I felt that were absolutely incredible by either being musically or emotionally engaging and well thought-out. So here is the first half of my AOTY list!  Continue reading

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!” Review

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Genre: Post-rock/Ambient

Label: Constellation

For the majority of post-rock fans worldwide, Godspeed is one of the first names that will pop up. This isn’t fact, but it is likely, enough that I would wager my soul on it. Godspeed You! Black Emperor are undoubtedly one of, if not thee, biggest forces in the post-rock genre – known for their instrumental epics, involving a number of orchestral instruments and also for their use of samples and written word. All these things have contributed to pushing Godspeed to the head of the genre, giving them the forward-thinking edge over some of the more conventional bands.  Continue reading

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Flying Lotus – “Until The Quiet Comes” Quick Review

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Genre: Electronic/Hip-Hop

Label: Warp

Flying Lotus, real name Steven Ellison, is perhaps one of the most renowned and talked about electronic producers of the past decade, enthusing elements of IDM, hip-hop, jazz, glitch-hop and many more styles into his music. Just as varied influences are, each of his releases are very different in his considerably short yet rapidly blooming career so far. For example, while his “Reset” EP flowers on deep, low and glitchy seductive beats while “Los Angeles” is an album that scarily concentrates on intricate textures, especially with the use of clicks and clacks in a mind bending collage of sounds. Continue reading

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Top 10… Post-rock Songs.

Well, here’s my first “Top #” list, and I thought I’d start easy with a sub-genre of music that tends to be soft and tranquil… ‘tend’ being a word used out of lack of others. For those unaware, post-rock in general is a type of music that is composed by the usual ‘rock band’ setup – guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, etc. and for the most part instrumental.

The defining part of this label is that bands under it tend to concentrate on composition; rather than being ‘in your face’ or suffocatingly attention-seeking. Instead, post-rock bands are basically rock bands acting as orchestras, trying to incite different emotions without a vocal influence or pop repetition; and playing on sensations.

As I highlighted earlier, ‘tend’ is an vague word. While post-rock does ‘tend’ to comprise of bands going for soft-loud approaches to their music, obvious examples being  Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, other bands tend to go for a more bold approach, embracing distortion or jam-like dynamics, examples of these would be And So I Watch You From Afar or Pelican.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. These are my personal top ten favourite post-rock tracks:

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