Friday, July 4, 2008

Pg.lost-It's Not Me, It's You!

Sorry about the lack of posting lately. Between my first year of college wrapping up, and a lot of working during the first half of the summer, music blogging hasn't been at the top of my priorities, but I will be making up for it from here on out.

Post-rock is one of those genres that is just very polarizing. Don't get me wrong, I love some great post-rock, but the amount of mediocre rip-offs of greats like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky far outweigh the promising luminaries such as the organic Do Make Say Think or the polished and beautifully upbeat Yndi Halda. However, out of nowhere, 2008 has already given rise to possibly one of the best post-rock records I've heard in some time. Sweden's Pg.lost have emerged out of practically nowhere to deliver It's Not Me, It's You!, a refreshingly intense and loud take on a style somewhat similar to GY!BE, but with a more chaotic and heavy feel (not unlike epic screamo/post-rock contemporaries Envy) during the loud sections. The opening punch of "The Day Shift" immediately wallops the listener over the head and makes it clear that this is not just another post-rock record. The next two tracks, "Head High" and "Pascal's Law" are fairly standard, but well executed enough to still scrape up passing scores, while the rest of the record wallows in it's shimmering clean parts and raw and dirty chaos, keeping the whole thing grounded enough to not seem completely contrived. All in all, a must hear for 2008.

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