This is a split EP collaboration featuring the Jazzy groove style of The Mercury Program and the more aggressive, hard driving instrumental sound of Maserati. Jerry Fuchs would join Masearti following the release of Confines Of Heat and the band would evolve into a more percussion oriented Psychadelic Rock sound.
Airs Above Your Station Is a 2003 release from Seattle’s Kinski. It’s the last album to feature founding member, Kevin Weeks on drums. The record features some impressive guitar hooks anchored by percussion and a traditional Post-Rock background.
Helios is a solo project from prolific multi-instrumentalist Keith Kennif. He’s also a member of Goldmund, Mint Julep, and Meadows. Eingya was his second release under the Helios brand (2006). It’s a beautiful mix of Post-Rock and Ambient sounds. This is a “good mood” record with some deeply penetrating guitar and ambient electronic overtones.
Monocyte is a 2012 release from Trip-Hop artist Saltillo (AKA Menton3). It’s filled with eerie vocal and other sonic samples. It’s actually a soundtrack written for the comic book of the same name. Meandering time shifts, distorted instrumentation, and lush strings mark this piece.
Anesthesia’s Wake Up (A nice play on words) is the first LP from this Colorado trio formed in 2007. It’s crisp and subtle, and delivers more depth than a typical ambient record. There are a lot of reflective melodies on this album and I can easily imagine sitting in a darkened room enjoying the melancholy sound.
A MONO record strives for perfection. Every note is in the right place and every sound is applied to the canvas layered expertly and invoking a rush of varied emotions. Hymn to the Immortal Wind was released in 2009 and is MONO’s fifth studio album. In addition to the band, nearly a dozen orchestra musicians contribute to this record. Every sound imaginable is included and there is some innovation/evolution resulting in some reverse, atypical cinematic effects. In this album you’ll be lightly caressed, beaten down, and then resuscitated by fair-haired angels.
East-the-Water is Of the Vine’s most recent release (June 2015) and it comes 5 years after their self titled EP. It is more aura than album and the sounds wrap one in a blanket of soothing post-rock music. I enjoy the hint of angelic vocals in places and felt delivered to a peaceful calm place listening to this LP.
pg.lost released Key In 2012. The Swedish four piece self describes themselves as “an orchestra of the heart”, and the heartfelt earnestness of the music is evidence of this philosophy. The music is cinematic and moving; pungent Post-Rock full of energy and emotional vibe.
Helios | Erebus Is a June 2015 release from the Irish outfit, God Is An Astronaut. They’ve released, by my count, seven records since 2002′ and this one definitely wasn’t “phoned in”. It’s bold and brutal at times, yet still filled with subtle beauty. I love the fuzzy, Kinkesque guitar sounds on the LP. I wonder if, like the Kinks, they had to poke knitting needles into an amp to achieve that sound.
I thought I’d throw the headphones on and listen to some soothing Post-Rock music while I read an article about the Kinks in Rolling Stone magazine. It wasn’t long until the music evolved into a rhythmic crescendo, forcing me to turn away from my reading and embrace the music with all my consciousness. Saxon Shore, a predominately Philly outfit, released It Doesn’t Matter in 2009, and it appears to be their last release. The music runs the gamut from symphonic lullaby to epic rock grooves. There are vocal samples, feedback, and time signature experimentation throughout.