PREMIERE: “The Hall” by Martyn Heyne

Born in Hamburg and based in Berlin where he has established his Lichte Studio, guitarist, composer, & producer Martyn Heyne was classically trained at the music academy of Amsterdam going on to serve as a live member of the acclaimed indie rock band Efterklang, share the stage with the likes of A Winged Victory For…

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Track Premiere: “Haze” by Unwed Sailor

Founded in Seattle in 1998, Johnathon Ford is leading his instrumental post-rock band Unwed Sailor into its third decade with the release of a new album next month. Behind Ford’s sinewy bass, Matt Putman’s driving beats, and David Swatzell’s incansdescent guitars Look Alive is an energetic outing that howls as much as it soars as…

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Sound Impression: It Will Become Itself by Whale Fall

It was a serendipitous evening in June 2018 when all five members of Whale Fall found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time and decided to go into the studio with some new ideas to work on.  Listening back to that recording after rediscovering it months later, the band they realized what had originally…

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Through a Musical Lens: ZWARTGROEN by All Shall Be Well

With their 2011 debut,  the five-piece collective All Shall Be Well brought a splash of color to the sometimes bleak landscape of post rock with their unique combination of chromatic themes and musical storytelling. From the beginning, they have systematically followed a pattern of naming each album after pairs of colors and then linking them…

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Sound Impression: Distant After by Glories

The new year is ushering in a number new post rock album releases I’ve been eagerly anticipating, and none more so than the triumphant return of Glories with Distant After, their first record since the tragic loss of band brother and guitarist Zach Cooner in the summer of 2017. Working with producer, mixer & engineer…

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2019 In Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually provides us with memorable outsize moments and the year in music would not be the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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Premiere: “Monument” by Still Life

Providence, RI-based composer/producer Daniel Fine is poised to release his sophomore full-length album under the moniker of still life next month on Hush Hush Records, a Seattle-based label curated by KEXP-FM DJ & Pacific Notions show host Alex Ruder. ‘for a long time time i went to bed early‘ is a kaleidoscopic montage of reflection…

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Premiere: “Sun Release” by Heron

Hailing from the wilds of Pennsylvania’s northwest, instrumental quartet Heron arrived on the post-rock scene like a rush of fresh mountain air with their 2017 debut album You Are Here Now, Right out of the gate, they showed a penchant for melodic invention, infectious energy, and exhilarating arrangements with admirable attention to the nuances of…

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2018 Year In Review: Journeys in Post Rock, Experimental Folk & Acoustic

A vibrant and eclectic selection where genres never define of confine, but only serve as reference points for where words fail to describe the music; a sort of musical edgeland where ambient and modern classical minimalism co-exists with acoustic, folk, electronica, post-rock, and shoegaze. 

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