A Pleasant Meander

If you’re a fan of instru-metal music then I highly recommend you check out this little album. It’s five tracks of very satisfying music, reminiscent of Pelican or Monolord (minus the vocals), or maybe even a heavy Astralia. They’ve managed to capture a satisfying atmosphere with these songs. Definitely worth a listen.

neànder – Aăs

In The Nick Of Time

Some years ago I stumbled upon this band and posted a song up here. Today marks the 3 year anniversary of that song! Just kidding, it’s a bit over 3 years though, and these guys released a new album earlier this year. I have given it a few spins and I like what I’m hearing. Bit more cohesive (at a glance) than their previous album, and I’m digging that album cover too. So have a listen and see what you think. This is:

Oh Hiroshima – Darkroom Aesthetics

An Inspired Start

Today’s band Atmospheres is from Belgium, and have a couple of albums under the belt. Reach is the only album of theirs that I’ve listened to, and I have to say I really enjoyed this album. It has some very interesting tracks, being a relatively diverse blend of ambient, instrumental and rock. I’m happy that it seems to live up to the bands name. Case in point this track, though for something a little different, also check out their track Time II afterwards.

Atmospheres – Evolve

Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

This chap has a new album dropping tomorrow and I for one am pretty interested in seeing how it turns out. This track is an interesting combination of chill out and shredding. The words I’m looking for… feel good instru-metal? There’s definitely an uplifting vibe to it. If I remember rightly, the dude just quit his job to focus full time on his music, and best of luck to him. Keep up the stellar work!

I Built The Sky – Up Into The Ether

I’m Baaaaaaaaaack

Hello strangers, I see it’s been about 2 and a half years since I dropped off the face of the earth. Sorry about that. I actually thought I’d written something about how that might happen, but apparently all I did was drop a bunch of “hints” with songs about “the end”, and now I reread my posts, I see that could have been taken the wrong way. My bad!

Anywho I’m back and feel like I have enough time on my hands to tackle a variety of projects, this being one of them. I know that last time I managed to post 5x a week, and while I’d love to pull that off, I may have to lower my standards ever so slightly. I’ll aim for 2, and if I can do more, then hoorays all round! A little like my return (though more acclaimed), I’m posting a band who also dropped off the radar for a number of years. This is Do Make Say Think, a Canadian instrumental band, and if you don’t know of them, then it’s time to rectify that.

“Do Make Say Think has been widely celebrated as one of the preeminent instrumental rock bands of the 90s-00s. Stubborn Persistent Illusions is the group’s first album in eight years – and a stellar addition to one of the most consistent, inventive, exuberant, satisfying, and critically acclaimed discographies in the ‘post-rock’ canon.”

Do Make Say Think – Return, Return Again

Round Transparent Cup Teaspoon

Another desk title hits the mark! So I’ve given this song a few listens over the past few days and I’m really liking it. Very atmospheric instrumental stuff, brings to mind Jakob, Hammock, If These Trees Could Talk and a bit of Sembler Deah. I’ve had it on as background music so haven’t given it the attention it deserves, but I intend to, and hope you will. Don’t be fooled by the name, these guys are from Spain and this song is off their upcoming album Solstice.

Astralia – Detachment

Black & White Colours

I’m pleased to see the back of yet another Tuesday. Regrettably I seem to have chosen the worst possible time to ween myself off coffee, given that I’m proofing, reading, and generally exercising my brain to the point I’m surprised it hasn’t dribbled out of my ears… Mmmm mmm. Luckily with the help of music, I’m keeping my ears plugged! This Instrumental band reminds me of Barrows, a bit of Caspian, and a little bit of Explosions In The Sky. Here’s a solid track.

Standing In The Colour – Infinite Density