I’ve recently been getting into making some music of my own. It’s terrible so I wont share it with you here. What I’ve found, though, is that, as a fan of post-rock and shoegaze, the yearning to discover that dreamy, effervescent sound grows only stronger with each passing day. To be able to create lush, soaring swirls of ethereal goodness is a tantalising want. The guys in The Sound of Rescue must feel that too, because it’s clear that a lot of time has been invested in getting their guitars to move and weave in such the captivating way that they do. Their approach to music is one that fully encompasses the values of post-rock at its core — that is, to use guitars to lend texture and atmosphere to their craft. That texture is extremely dense, with many sounds and effects meshing together uncompromisingly; yet it manages to never clash, or feel overly-busy. They’ve nailed their guitar sound.
What’s left, then, is the songwriting and percussion, and these are areas where I feel that The Sound of Rescue still has room to grow. There becomes a moment in almost every song on this 10-track album — anywhere from a second to a minute in — in which the same very rigid-sounding drums kick into action, usually following an introductory swell of ambient guitar. It’s a “here we go again” moment that finds itself a hindrance to the otherwise great flow engendered by the enchanting guitar-work. The drum beats vary only slightly between songs, they sit too high in the mix, and they hit with a crisp punch that conflicts with the moist and mossy guitars. The drums are not bad by any means, they just struggle to find unison with the rest of the music.
But despite the homogeneity of a lot of this album, there are a few tracks that stand above the rest as shining examples of what this band is capable of when they’re struck with inspiration. “IV” comes seemingly out of nowhere, delivering a beautiful and uplifting chorus of powerful, driving drums and a soaring melody. Though I love what this band does with wandering textures and drones, it’s when they embrace more traditional rock melodies — like in the simple yet soothing “VIII” — that their songs become truly memorable. Everything in moderation though.
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