Saturday, October 18, 2008

Vaznis - Tremulant Tympanum (2008)

Mm, I love post-rock. Especially the dark, spacious kind. There's just something about the delay used that creates a mood like none other. It is this ability to capture and expound on that mood that is being lost to the genre. Bands like Explosions in the Sky have drawn the focus away from emotional exploration and replaced it with formulaic, by-the-book swells ad infinitum. Of course, every genre has to have its mainstream, its accessible bands to draw attention and get people into the music, but the pickings have been down to a select few great albums per year, most of which still fail to expand the style.

Vaznis' debut is certainly not some radical new entry into the pantheons, but it is especially satisfying. His sound is a stripped-down, back to the basics affair. In fact, it doesn't really rely on post-rock tropes to any great extent. Rather, the mood is created through a skittery layer of guitar delay, found samples, ambient haze, and electronic beats. The guitars are simplistic, but have a mezmerizing repetition. All in all, especially due to the old-timey voice recordings, the sound here could best be described as a minimalistic Godspeed feel.

The bloke who did all of this music has it uploaded for free, so you have no excuse for not hearing this.

Verdict: Win [4/5]

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