My father was a Jazz aficionado. I remember when I was a kid, trying to fall asleep at night to saxes and trumpets blaring from the console hi-fi in the living room. He was a purist who enjoyed Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, saying that the newer musicians had too much percussion. I remember two things he used to say about Jazz. One was, “It’s hard being a white man in a Jazz world.” The other was, “if I have to explain it, you won’t get it.”
In a way, the second quote is how I feel about Post-Rock. To me it evolved from Rock and Roll as Jazz evolved from Blues. Rock and Roll is formulated and structured, while Post-Rock is a meandering journey through states of mind. Definitions abound and rarely agree. However, most agree that Post-Rock is instrumental music and vocals, when used, are more like a musical instrument than traditional lyric contributions. Debate also rages over when and who started it, but many give Ry Cooder credit with introducing the genre when he did the soundtrack for the film, “Paris, Texas” in 1984.