Lite – Installation

Artist Lite
Album Installation
Genre Post-Rock | Math-Rock
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Label  I Want The Moon
Release 05 June 2013
Rating: Very Good

While I was taking notes for this review I wrote down LITE = ((You Bred Raptors? – Jazz) + YouSlut!)/Four Tet. Now I don’t really know if that makes sense and I am very sure that this formula could be debunked by a multitude of people better versed in the way of instrumental math rock than I. However, what I can say is that Installations is a great work that is immediately pleasing but warrants multiple playbacks to really absorb the subtle nuances that are weaved into each track.

What really interested me was the way in which the tracks very often come on with a sense of urgency, but with an overlaying chilled out vibe. Completely contradictory, but I cannot explain it any better. Typically math rock guitar lines dance around the instruments and pan through the mix like thoughts through the mind of a speed freak. The bass keeps the funk in place, while the drums skit around manically. The occasional synth or piano line gives some instrumental variation. Initially I struggled to part the tracks, but after listening more and more I was finally rewarded with an album that intrigues and surprises with each play.

Starry Morning” immediately reminds me of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, but only the first couple of notes. It is an intro that builds over its 52 second length with piano, bass and guitar. It is beautiful but somewhat misleading as when the first full track “Echolocation” starts we’ve suddenly got smooth, funky math rock. The arrangements throughout are often very complex without sounding contrived. Even the different time signatures and syncopation do not sound forced; overall every instrument has a certain spatial awareness that stops it from treading on another’s toes or overstaying its welcome.

Honestly I am struggling to do a track by track review as most of the ingredients are the same in each track, just combined imaginatively to give each track its own voice. Some are funky, some make you want to dance. Some build around one idea, others are more traditionally arranged. I believe that to be the reason that this album is far from immediate and one that you should give some of your time to really let it get under your skin.

Tropic of Coldness – Unrelated Causalities

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Artist Tropic of Coldness
Album Unrelated Causalities
Genre Ambient | Drone | Field Recordings
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Release 15 February 2013

“Tropic of Coldness” is an Italian-American duo, who met by chance, or maybe not, in Brussels, Belgium during the autumn of 2011. David is a guitarist, synth and sample player, already active on the Brussels scene with his electro / experimental project “Drawing Virtual Gardens”. Giovanni plays guitar, voice and samples for the North- East Italian band “Fuji Apple Worship”, involved in a melting pot of drones, field recordings and minimal sound sculptures.
Since its beginning in November 2011, Tropic of Coldness focused on drones / ambient / electro-acoustic originated from improvised session, with layers of processed guitars and synths, analogue and digital sounds, surrounded and filtrated by field recordings.

Chemists // 化学者 – Slow House Virtual

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Artist Chemists // 化学者
Album Slow House Virtual
Genre Ambient | Chillwave | Electronic
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Release 15 June 2013

“The whole idea behind this project is to go into recording a song with no idea,goal,genre or type of sound in mind. Just to simply pick a instrument and start recording(despite the genre).”

This release may fall a bit outside of the Post* realm, but I chose to promote it because I think it embodies most of the concepts that make post-rock such a great genre. On top of that, It shines as an ambient release and I feel Postrockstar doesn’t really delve into that genre of music as much as we should. ~ Iamhop

Pilgramage – EP

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Artist Pilgrimage
Album EP
Genre Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore
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Release 15 March 2013

Combining elements of traditional post-rock with Post-Hardcore angst and occasional vocal stylings, Pilgramage  is an interesting project that is seemingly lacking of web presence.

Just a quick note — Sorry for the lack of updates this week. Between returning from vacation and being bed ridden with Strep Throat I have not had much of an opportunity to write reviews. I’m hoping that we can get back up and running like normal by the end of next week.  ~ IamHop

Tyranny is Tyranny – Let It Come From Whom It May

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Artist Tyranny is Tyranny
Album Let It Come From Whom It May
Genre Post-Metal | Noise
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Label Phratry Records
Release 13 July 2013

Madison WI post-noiserock focusing on dynamics, repetition, and the dismantling of capitalism. Tyranny Is Tyranny is the title of the fourth chapter of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.”

“We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness — embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.” — Howard Zinn

Now That We’re Older – Beneath the Bridge, Under a Frozen Sky

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Artist Now That We’re Older
Album Beneath the Bridge, Under a Frozen Sky
Genre Post-Rock
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Release 23 November 2012

Literally the only piece of information I can dig up on this band is that they are from Cincinnati. They have no web presence to speak of and have left no paper trail despite an excellent album.  Beautiful yet bleak, soft spoken yet sometimes harsh, “Beneath the Bridge, Under a Frozen Sky” is an album that has left me impressed and wanting to know more.  If anyone has more information on these guys, please send it our way.