As post rock steadily descends into the maelstrom of predictable minor chord progressions and prosaic crescendos, it's always refreshing to see a shiner in the rough. A glimmer of hope for an unfortunately diluted genre.
Much to my surprise my favorite instrumental Torino-based mathrock act Marmore, brings monolithic guitars that make the Piemonte shake! “And So It Was You From Afar!” begins the epic 4 song album. Bass lines that glacial melts are thunderous calamities.
Being predominately loop based, guitarist frontwoman Kim drives the groove with looped guitar melodies stacked atop each other, slowly build a soundscape of mathy and hypnotic rhapsody, with Kim's guitar lines interlayered between Evan's tactical polyrhythmic-rich drumming.
Spanish post/math rock stalwarts Jardín de la Croix valiantly return to the spotlight with Circadia, their first release since their 2013 EP 187 Steps To Cross The Universe. Their full length follow up is exquisitely produced and brings an array of new tricks to their familiar melodic sound.
It feels like it’s been an age since we’ve heard from tfvsjs though it’s only been three years since the release of their first fantastic album ‘equal unequals to equal’ (kudos to the band for finally getting on that Bandcamp train, took a while!) that brought them a fair bit of attention in our global niche despite the minimal amount of information about them available online.
Split releases are a great record format for bands to put out music cost efficiently. If the bands appeal to the same audience, they can reach each others fans and get bonus exposure. Sometimes, but rarely, the split contains tracks that were written and recorded collaboratively.
A sound engineer once told me that he felt the best EPs he’d ever recorded were the ones that "less resembled an album so much as a short, sharp live set". Given that, perhaps Memory of Elephants’ new 4-track is everything it should be: a statement of intent that grabs your attention and leaves you wanting to hear more.