Getting free music is fitting for this time of year, because it gives you the same feeling…Christmas. It’s even better when you haven’t got a clue what to expect, because then it’s like a surprise too. When Deep Elm Records decided to give away the 2012 Postrockology compilation for free, I like to think that was their thought process. Then, as you listen to the mix, it becomes an even better present. The songs flow together nicely and are well-done.
The Appleseed Cast’s “Steps and Numbers” acts as the introduction, a perfect soundtrack to the curtain’s opening, as the show is about to begin. The track is excellent; bouncy enough to excite, but mellow enough to keep you intrigued.
Deep Elm Records proves that they have picked some of the best artists who push against the grain, exceeding expectations. Songs like “Sleep” (The Cast Before The Break) and “Drifters” (The Dandelion Wary) differ beautifully in sound, but they both play out a hypnotizing effect that you can’t quite understand or pull away from.
I must admit to being drawn to the piano-riddled, rock-anthem, “Nothing Remains Forever Yet The Future Still Holds Hope” (Goonies Never Say Die). As a purely instrumental track, it captured my attention, because it mixes the melodic tone of the piano with the soundtrack-esque edge brought on by the guitar. It is excellently done.
There are quite a few instrumental tracks featured on the mix, once again demonstrating the well-selected and versatile talent working with Deep Elm Records. As a Brit, I may be bias, but another favorite of mine is, “Inglend, Part 3.”(Last Lungs) I feel like I can see a scene from a film play out when I hear this; I can see a character running for his life, past fields lit up by the sunset. The images that are sparked by the music are incredible.
I honestly have to say, I love every track featured on Postrockology. The compilation in itself is cinematic, expressing every emotion on the spectrum, as well as providing the listener with compelling instrumentals. It’s impossible to ignore and if it were the soundtrack of a film, it would sell like hot cakes. I think the fact that you’re given music and it just plays out is what makes it so perfect. For once, it feels like you don’t have to think, “What are they saying?” Instead, you ask, “What were they feeling? What am I feeling?” As John Keats once wrote, “The excellence of every art is its intensity.”
Review by: Liv Simister
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