Lost Children netlabel and The Silent Ballet have put together an absolutely stunning 75 minute long adventure through the universe of post-rock with the release of The Silent Ballet Compilation volume 14. Featuring some very diverse artists from all over the world, the stand out track on the album is from a Ukrainian band called Nice Wings, Icarus! Their track, Eagle, is absolutely superb. I have a feeling we will be seeing more of them here on the orbit in the very near future. Back to the current release, it grabbed me from the very first track – a very ambient piece by The Sight Below – and wouldn’t let go. I literally listened to the entire album as soon as I clicked play – given my schedule, thats a rarity for me. The intensely mellow first track quickly gave way to an onslaught of post-rock, shoegazer, psychedelic and even modern piano composition. Each track is unique, making this a difficult album to describe. I’ll simply say this: it’s an incredible album, and I urge you to give it a listen.
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.
Mix up The Mars Volta, Beck, and throw in a little White Album from The Beatles and you’ll have a close approximation of the Folk Rock that Jitney delivers. A set of eleven tracks full of emotion; it is absolutely astounding the way he seems to channel George Harrison at certain points. Don’t miss this one.
From the Lost Children netlabel we have I AM THE ARCHITECT. Post rock, but with a pop edge to it. Lots of catchy melodic goodness on this solid half hour of music. IATA has a lush full sound, with many more instruments than you usually find in the standard post rock fare. Synths, piano, flute, strings, orchestral instruments adorn each track perfectly. They sound a bit like Muse, with no vox. These four fellows stand out in the world of post rock, so definitely give them a listen, then let them know what you thought on their myspace.
Ugh, it’s been too long. I’m done with work for the year though, so I’ll get some music posted in the next few days. To start off with, here’s Charts and Maps with their release Enemies of C.Frias. It’s four tracks of a sort of art / jazz / rock type of sound, hard to classify really. They are all over the chord scale on every track, almost to the point of experimental music, but the songs remain structured and have just enough edge to make it a worthy listen.
Agnes and the band deliver a single track of high impact jazz-rock. With Primus like basslines and spacey guitar sounds, this track delivers the goods in a big way.
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.