Tag Archives: post-rock

The Mad Pride – Various Tracks

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The Mad Pride is the brainchild of Rowan Galagher. Fusing together various genres including folk, neoclassical, darkwave, post-rock and psychdelica, The Mad Pride has drawn comparisons with artists such as Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen. The previous description is almost identical to my own introduction to this artist, so you can see why I was instantly intrigued as to what this sort of mix would sound like! All I can say is that this is some seriously great music, and hard to pin down without giving it a listen. Polar Sunspots is no reviewing site, so if you still aren’t sold you can find one over at the ever fantastic inb4track.

You can also download a selection of songs on The Mad Pride’s Soundcloud, Facebook and Reverbnation pages for free. If you enjoy the music and wish to contribute to the artist, you can purchase his album Scary Poppins (pictured) for a mere $5 at Bandcamp.

Can’t Fake Nature – You… EP

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Incredible post-rock EP with the perfect balance of elegant subtlety and crushing depth. The transitions between these two extremes are smooth and natural (and occasionally unexpected). Each track has a really solid and powerful feeling to it, managing to be emotional even at the heaviest of moments. You can also expect to hear some haunting female vocals on the second track.

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Kuato – Summer EP

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Kuato are an instrumental post-rock band drawing on influences from artists like Mogwai and Russian Circles. Whilst it is very easy for post-rock to become formulaic and generic, Kuato manage to push beyond this and create soaring music that builds wonderfully. However, what really draws you into this music is the emotion. Whilst anyone can play an instrument, few can play with power and conviction enough to really make you feel, especially when it comes to instrumental music.

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Fugue – YEARS

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Exciting experimental post-rock release that occasionally moves into math rock. The math elements really help keep each track dynamic and interesting which is always a plus in an instrumental band. This is in addition to the excellent guitar work on this album which covers bass-heavy grooviness, delicate melodies and crushing riffs.

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Glorie – Glorie

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Another post-rock release today and it’s certainly a good one! This self-titled album is warm and full, and moves away from the popular crescendo based post-rock sound to a more relaxed instrumental vibe.

Each song has a clear and distinct feel and the album is never too busy. The use of violins is also a great touch which really refines the music. All in all a release that is worth your time.

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