Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Post Rock - do not exceed the stated dose

I find the most interesting thing about Godspeed You Black Emperor are their song titles. Their pieces are dull in general, with only the occasional track that makes you go, "Finally! Something interesting." They aren't difficult, just boring. They are, in essence, a 25% efficient Tortoise, minus synths and electronics which aren't necessary to produce interesting music, but I find Tortoise infinitely more interesting with them.

Trans Am are OK but patchy - perhaps the Beach Boys of post rock to Tortoise's Beatles. Labradford occasionally show signs of excess but are generally welcome in any collection.

To Rococo Rot are better than the name suggests and their very presence signifies that the potential lover may have a superior intergalactic intellect and should be cherished, especially if their cerebral nature is counterbalanced by something akin to pre-1976 Rolling Stones, Charles Mingus, Otis Redding, or something just energy and soul.

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Blogger peter said...

With song lengths upwards of 20 minutes, the word 'indulgent' is what springs to mind with regards to Godspeed You Black Emperor.

I know we weren't meant to talk about fashion on this blog, but I would kill for the cover of Tortoise's It's all around you on an oversized t-shirt.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Yes, Tortoise generally have great cover art.

7:11 PM  

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