Here is a superb collection of postrock tracks from Stereofox, a fantastic music resource that deals many different genres from electronic to punk to hip hop. This collection features artists who do postrock just the way I like it – not too light, lots of motion and far-away sounding, heavy guitars. These rocking songs are like postrock was back in the day when I first stumbled across it, back in the days of bands like The Big Sleep and Milhaven. If you like driving, heavy, instrumental more info
postrock then you should drop by Stereofox and give a listen. Also, explore the rest of the Stereofox site – there are tons of great tracks there to listen to.
UPDATE – There is a track here that is definitely not “family-friendly”, which is how I like to keep this blog. I intended to pull this post when I got home tonight, but on second thought I’ll leave it with the warning. Sorry folks – completely my fault. I got lazy and did not do my due diligence on the first couple of listens.
The Stereofox Collective: Post-rock vol. 1
Andrew Othling, aka Lowercase Noises, offers a superb album of ambient guitar music. Clocking in at almost two hours, the music barely moves but is somehow filled with motion, giving the sense of floating along on a galactic river full of light while watching the universe move from past to present to future. This is a sort of ambient postrock, as it is guitar driven with heavy use of effect pedals. Andrew posts much of his work on youtube, along with instructional videos of how to achieve his effects, He also offers three of his other albums (which I have not listened to yet, but have on my short list) on his website. You can also visit his facebook page and let him know his work is appreciated.
Lowercase Noises – Ambient Songs
Andrew Othlings youtube channel
Robert Pieculwicz is a guitar virtuoso, like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai. He has several albums for download on Jamendo, but the one that stood out to me is Fly Free – it takes me back to the days of Surfing With The Alien or Flying In A Blue Dream. This is the finest instrumental guitar rock to come from Poland that I’ve heard of – as my friend Walter from somewhere in Poland that is impossible for me to spell would say – Jej skały.
Robert Pieculewicz – Fly Free
Hermelin brings us 53 minutes of outstanding postrock, comparable to Milhaven and Explosions In The Sky. Starting out with a Nine-Inch-Nails-esque noise track, we suddenly break into an all over the place guitar riff that introduces a track that completely grabs your attention until it dissolves back into noise at the end of the track. The rest of the album follows suit – droning and pulsing guitar riffs with a touch of wah pedal here and there, piercing powerful melodies and gentle rolling variations. This is the best album I’ve found in months, be sure to give Hermelin a listen.