Staff Picks – Jerome Marshall’s top 5 albums of 2012

As we continue our staff picks week, today we have 23 year old Jerome Marshall who hails from Texas and is a postrockstar writer, blogger and a copywriter for an ad agency. His favorite bands include This Will Destroy You, If These Trees Could Talk and Giraffes? Giraffes!
1. If These Trees Could Talk – Red Forest
While this album may not have hit me quite as hard “Above the Earth” it’s still easily my favorite post-rock release of the year. ITTCT do an incredibly memorable job combining muscular rhythms with more delicate instrumentation. All the tracks are brilliant, but check out “They Speak With Knives” it’s a quintessential song from this band and for post-rock in general.
2. Save Us From The Archon – How Terrible The Undergrowth’s Jaws That Tangle
This album is an incredible assault through sound waves and it’s a lot to handle. It’s absolutely bursting with wicked guitar lines, tight drums, frenetic chord progressions and hard to remember song names. But damn is it worth it. If you’re into post-metal these guys should definitely be in your top five. Check out “1a” for beefy hooks and shredding that will make you feel inadequate.

3. Prawn – Ships
Another band and album that isn’t strictly within the genre. Ships is a beautiful release from a band that seems to have finally figured out what they want to sound like. Check out “Costa Rica” for a sweet horn section.
4. Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet
Might be closer to jazz than post-rock, but you won’t care. This self titled album is rife with catchy instrumentals throughout, wonderful horns and something called a “Hang”. Check out the album openers “Window Seat” and “Ruins” to be instantly relaxed.
5. When Whales Collide – By Default
Not strictly post-rock. They’re post-hardcore with a heavy post rock influence. Usually with bands like this the post-rock aspects feel like filler but it’s the opposite with “by default” by when whales collide. The EP definitely feels at its strongest when the group dips into their post-rock influences and they end up with interesting tones and beautiful guitar work.