2012 Year End Review Round Up

Orbit Over Luna – 京都​/​奈良 – Kyōto​/​Nara EP – 87% Orbit over Luna is the work of Shannon Penner from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is a primarily an ambient instrumental project that occasionally crosses into post-rock territory. Penner lists all the usual suspects you would expect to find as his influences: Hammock, Boards of Canada, […]

Postmadonna – INTRODUCING POSTMADONNA (ep) – 90%

(IamHop note: Please welcome Tim D. to Postrockstar. Tim is a musician who currently plays bass for Seattle-area band Syas (http://syas.bandcamp.com) . Going forward, Tim will be bringing us music reviews and coverage of bands discovered through his involvement with the local music scene. ) If you believe that first impressions are the most important […]

Lowercase Noises – Passage EP – 88%

Andy Othling might be one of my favourite guitarists of all time.Bedroom musician Andy Othling — who goes by the musical pseudonym Lowercase Noises — has spent the better part of the last four years pouring his heart through his guitar and into the souls of any internet-goer patient enough to listen. Not one to […]

Paper Armies – Together – 87%

Paper Armies, the name given to the musical creations of Jason Calhoun, is something of an oddity in the “one man band” world. While a great number of said bands release records rather often (Cloudkicker released three albums in less than a year, Good Weather For An Airstrike has released three albums this year, etc.), Calhoun has released just […]

Spurv – Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær EP – 96%

Coming to us from Olso, Norway, Spurv is a melodic post-rock band that create deeply emotional music due in large part to the way the band incorporates rich cello and violin into their sound. Despite being formed two years ago, ‘Blader som faller til jorden og blir til nye trær‘, which roughly translates to “Leaves […]

EF – Delusions of Grandeur – 90%

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of EF’s new EP Delusions of Grandeur is that, in the span of less than thirty minutes, it makes you seriously contemplate what is going on with this record. This is in no way a bad thing. EF uses everything at their disposable (guitar, drums, horns, vocals, you name it) […]

Frank Booth – Constructs EP – 83%

Frank Booth is a 4 piece band from Grand Rapids, Michigan who describe their sound as Post-rock meets shoegaze. The band features ex members of Lights at Sea and Paucity, two other post-rock bands from the Grand Rapids area. With little information on their facebook page, I took to their twitter to find out more […]

Australasia – Sin4tr4 EP – 90%

Over the course of my life I’ve been fortunate enough to journey through many different genres of music. As a teenager I found nu-metal just like everyone else did around 1998. From there I slowly moved onto the heavier styling of Melodic death, which led me down the dark path of death, doom and black […]

Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson – Small Changes We Hardly Notice EP – 89%

“Don’t throw out your winter clothes; the way our glances froze, it just might snow” ‘Small Changes We Hardly Notice’ is the unassuming new EP from the Norwegian post-rock band Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson. Youth Pictures… started their musical career in 2005 with their debut album, ‘Unnoticeable in a Tiny Town’, that featured epic […]