Category Archives: postrock

#233 oceansize – the frame

I apologise. I’ve been holding out on you for the longest time about some of the greatest music I’ve heard in my lifetime. I almost feel as if there should be nothing else said about Oceansize, and their seminally beautiful song, “The Frame”, because that would sully the purpose of sharing songs we love. I am not the picture, now I am the frame..brian.

mp3: oceansize – the frame

Oceansize have just recently released their live DVD box set and new EP, Home And Minor. More info at oceansize.co.uk

#230 amberhaze – 1994

1994 appears to be a milestone in the birth of post-rock, with the term coined by simon reynolds in his review of bark psychosis’ hex. that same year would see the release of tortoise’s debut self-titled album, arguably the launching pad for the band and its like-minded thrill jockey label mates in the development of that experimental post-rock sound. today, post-rock has become a term that’s become all too ubiquitous, and too often used as a convenient label for any instrumental rock music that employs that familiar loud-soft formula, whether guitar-effects based or electronically driven. singapore-based amberhaze, the solo project of giuliano gullotti, references these roots with little hesitation, yet creates music that’s surprisingly free from the expected confines of the genre. in the concisely titled “1994”, gullotti carves out a post-rock epic of sweeping atmospherics, explosive percussion and electronic suspense that engages both heart and mind, a resilient strategy that manages to stay fresh in 2009. – dan.

mp3: amberhaze – 1994

amberhaze’s latest album then we saw the stars again is out now on kittywu records. you may purchase the album directly from the band website, where gullotti writes an awesome feature series on the post-rock lover’s guide to classical music. highly recommended reading and listening!

#06 mogwai – the sun smells too loud

i’m probably not the only one to notice that this must be the poppiest mogwai song to date. taken from their forthcoming release the hawk is howling (due 22 september), the sun smells too loud translates the sensory overload of its title to a spiraling track that grows with each listen. unlike other post-rock works that rely heavily on conveying mood and atmosphere, this 7 minute piece thrives instead as a narrative, weaving its way through multiple plots and schemes before ending on a slightly tentative note.

mp3: mogwai – the sun smells too loud

#03 mono – flames beyond the cold mountain

experiencing mono live last night was like the title of this song, a prolonged burning tension that scaled heights greater than one could have ever imagined possible. i like how litford picked out the uncanny gy!be moment in the gig, something you can find here at the 8 and a half minute mark. at least that’s what i think i’m hearing now with what’s left of my ears.

mp3: mono – the flames beyond the cold mountain