I do believe that it is time to share some real rock music this week.
I don’t know how I keep coming across these groups that are all about space, but sometimes it works out to my advantage. Any band that records an album on a decommissioned ferryboat has a vote from me.
Even if that means reviewing yet another post-rock album. I’d rather review a post-rock album that shreds sonic riffs with imagery of celestial beings and star clusters than the typical “I make rock songs for a gloomy morning, or a flower blooming, and sometimes a muddy puddle” variant of boring overdone post-rock.
The album Nothing Exists but Atoms and the Void is the latest from Spaces. Let’s check it out:
I don’t even want to use words for this one. All I want to do is jump through your screen, hand you headphones on a silver platter, smile, and beckon you nicely to listen to this song. It pushes, it pulls, but it never lulls.
Some people might not fully understand this song’s spectacle, but it grabs me in every way possible. It takes me somewhere and doesn’t let me down. It doesn’t shake me violently like a metal song, but instead we ride together on a space rocket towards the stars.
I look for post-rock songs to take me places, to evoke imagination through the use of traditional rock instruments. Singularity does that for me beyond a doubt.
One of the problems with a lot of songs in this genre is starting too slow. When a group starts too slow, and when the tension mounts to a peak it has nowhere to go. Its cresting phase feels lost or incongruent with the rest of the song.
Erda doesn’t have this problem. It begins with a catchy riff and builds from there. In fact, Spaces seem to avoid a lot of common post-rock problems altogether.
Definitely pick this up if you can; I highly suggest it for fans of post-rock. I mean it!