Agaetis Byrjun – Sigur Ros (1999)

Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros (1999)

Translated from its native Icelandic tongue, “agaetis byrjun” becomes “a good beginning.” Appropriate! Want to talk stark, unfettered beauty? Want to talk rich instrumentation and incredible (if unintelligible to my English ears) vocals? This album is your conversation piece. The album art shows a picture of a fetus in the womb, and I have to wonder if that’s what they had in mind when making this album. I know I’m really grasping here, but I think if you got some decent headphones, sunk into a really big beanbag chair, and listened to this, you might just feel like the album art. Leave yourself an airhole if you try that, though.

Choice Cut: Svefn-g-englar

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Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes – USA Out of Vietnam (2014)

Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes - USA Out of Vietnam (2014)

I don’t really like metal music. There’s a difference between having a hard sound and having a wall of sound. USA Out of Vietnam seems to be able to stick on the hard sound side of metal though, and I think that’s fantastic. Sure, this album has its own share of post-rock and experimental, which can be heard notably in the drums. At the heart of this album though, it’s still sludge metal and drone. Sludge metal and drone music can get boring sometimes, but this album has enough explosive moments to allay that fear.

Choice Cut: Archangel
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Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts – M83 (2003)

Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts - M83 (2003)

Do you like it when genres become blurred together and you cannot figure out if you are listening to rock, electronic, ambient, or something else altogether? If so, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is an album that you want to pick up and give a couple of spins. This album will have you questioning what genre you are listening to throughout the entire album.  The synthesisers and drums give it a very electronic vibe, but the chord progressions sound very rockish. These two factors mix very well together.

Choice Cut: Unrecorded
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All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone – Explosions in the Sky (2007)

All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone - Explosions in the Sky (2007)

Complexity is the name of the game for post-rock, and Explosions in the Sky does it well.  With most rock bands, guitars and vocals take prominence.   Good drum and bass work can and will elevate the band to greater heights because they usually take a back seat.  With All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, every single instrument has its own say in the album sound.  No instrument takes a back seat, and while it may be due to a lack of vocals, it is certainly a welcome change of pace in the modern rock scene.

Choice CutThe Birth and Death of the Day
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