30 November 2011

I Spell It Nature - A Story Of​.​.​.

Artist: I Spell It Nature
Album: A Story Of​.​.​.
Genre: Post-rock, Indie
Label: Unsigned
Year: 2011
From : Ottawa, Ontario

01. Leaving Home To Find Hope
02. If Anything Matters, Then Everything Matters
03. Veni Vidi Vici
04. Empty Places, Smiling Faces
05. Turkey Dinner
06. The Sun in My Eyes
07. The Wind at My Back
08. Abandoned Hearts Club

The Ottawa quartet's brand of post-rock aims for the textures of the genre's big names but with a little less focus on tension and catharsis and more on hypnotic beauty. The cost of getting these gorgeous, sweeping melodies to your ears? You can download the four-track release for free at the band's bandcamp page. What are you waiting for?"



I Spell It Nature (2010)

Sleepstream - A Waltz With The Seventh Crane

Artist: Sleepstream
Album: A Waltz With The Seventh Crane
Genre: Post-rock
Label: Fluttery records
Year: 2011
From : Thessaloniki, Greece

01. You Gave Me Butterflies, I Gave You Loss
02. The Spirit
03. Sunlight
04. A Waltz With The Seventh Crane
05. Blue (Ascension)
06. We Are But Divers In The Ember
07. The Light


29 November 2011

Desertshore - Drawing of Threes

Artist: Desertshore
Album: Drawing of Threes
Genre: Post-rock, Ambient
Label: Caldo Verde Records
Year: 2010
From : San Francisco, CA

01. Diana
02. Mercy
03. Turtle Pond
04. Randy Quaid
05. Vernon Forrest
06. Molle
07. Light Flowers
08. Pollen Hinges
09. Hellborg
10. Matchlight Arcana

Instrumental band featuring keyboardist Chris Connolly and guitarist Phil Carney. Chris Connolly is a classically trained pianist who studied with Julian White and Sharon Mann in California. Phil Carney played guitar in San Francisco legends, Red House Painters and later, Sun Kil Moon.



Drifting Your Majesty (2010)

28 November 2011

Karhide - Acadia

Artist: Karhide
Album: Acadia
Genre: Post-metal, Electronic
Label: Field Records
Year: 2010
From : Southampton

01. Dirigo
02. Stooge
03. Jordan
04. Provider
05. Ride
06. Penobscot
07. Stab
08. Mt. Desert



A Cherry Wave From Stranded Youngster (2010)

Karhide​/​Viola Dub Split Single(2006)

Silent Night (free download)

27 November 2011

These Hands Could Separate The Sky - Endlessly

Artist: These Hands Could Separate The Sky
Album: Endlessly
Genre: Post-rock
Label: unsigned
Year: 2011
From : Melbourne, Australia

Freebies from These Hands Could Separate The Sky, this is the track two from the upcoming debut LP 'Endlessly' (released at 01 January 2012).

01. From Behind Closed Eyes


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Fourteen Nights At Sea - Untitled

Artist: Fourteen Nights At Sea
Album: Untitled
Genre: Instrumental, Post-rock, Post-Metal, Ambient
Label: unsigned
Year: 2011
From : Melbourne, Australia

01. The Dead House
02. Clubber Vs
03. Hornacek
04. In Violent Times
05. Last Night Of The Earth
06. Woods
07. We Have Reason To Be Afraid, This Is A Terrible Place

Fourteen Nights At Sea. In a sinking vessel. No captain. No crew. Only a map of the stars and coordinates of the past. Celestial navigation. Longitude and latitude. Pull the anchor and head for the ocean floor.



Fourteen Nights At Sea - Isola (2008)

26 November 2011

September Malevolence - Our Withers Unwrung

Artist: September Malevolence
Album: Our Withers Unwrung
Genre: Instrumental, Indie, Progressive
Label: A TenderVersion Recording
Year: 2011
From : Gothenburg, Sweden

01. End Of New Beginnings
02. Heathen
03. Absence
04. Details Of Detours
05. Islandsberg, Bohuslän
06. And For The Record, I Loved You
07. Lichens
08. King Of High School
09. Blizzard


25 November 2011

Soulsaver - Manusia Tanpa Nurani

Artist: Soulsaver
Album: Manusia Tanpa Nurani
Genre: Post-Metal, Hardcore
Label: Unknown Indie
Year: 2011
From : Purwokerto - Central Java, Indonesia

01. Kuterasing
02. Kuasa Memilih
03. Sugesti
04. Intro


The Telephone - Materialisme Dialektika Logika

Artist: The Telephone
Album: Materialisme Dialektika Logika
Genre: Alternative, Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Indie
Label: Unsigned
Year: 2011
From : Purwokerto - Central Java, Indonesia

01. Unreality
02. Temper Tantrum
03. Falling Star
04. Cermin
05. Highway

The Telephone is a noise pop band from Purwokerto, Indonesia that was founded in 2002. Since 2004 The Telephone has changed their personnel and switch genres. Stage begins with british-pop genre that evolved into british-rock, and neo-psychedelic with shoegazing style, of course not affected by trends. The Telephone influenced by Pink Floyd, Sigur Ros, MBV, Sonic Youth, etc


Glass America - Fathom

Artist: Glass America
Album: Fathom
Genre: Ambient, Post-Rock, Indie
Label: Driven Records
Year: 2011
From : Boston, Massachusetts, US

01. Mariner
02 .Entropy
03. Still
04. Swell
05. Cauda, a Reprise
06. Turning 03:21
07. Though he slay me...
08. Inertia
09. The Veil
10. Canals
11. Che Sei Nei Cieli (but sometimes we would walk...)

Glass America began in 2008 with a vision of rejecting the formulaic structures and textures that typify much of Post-rock. Members John Mirisola, Micah Wilson, Michael Foye, Rafaell Rozendo and Jared Deame wanted to create an original sound that encapsulated the best of ambient, instrumental music without succumbing to its clichés or being limited by what has come to be expected. Hailing from Wenham, Massachusetts - a small seaside town just north of Boston - Glass America is a mostly instrumental band that relies heavily on the sonic demeanor of the music to push the motifs of their sound.


24 November 2011

Oh Hiroshima - Resistance Is Futile

Artist: Oh Hiroshima
Album: Resistance Is Futile
Genre : Post-metal, Post-rock, Progressive
Year: 2011
From: Kristinehamn, Sweden

01. This Is Not the End
02. Insignificant Numbers
03. The Fog of War
04. What Once Was
05. Catch-22
06. Richard D. Anderson
07. Waves
08. Capitalistic Cataclysm

Oh Hiroshima is a post-rock band from Kristinehamn, Sweden formed in 2006 by Leif Eliasson and Jakob Nilsson. Jakob and Leif met in high school and formed a close friendship. They were playing in different bands at the time, but Leif had been working on a post-rock solo project as a side project. Since Jakob also was a fan of post-rock they decided to give it a try together, and Oh Hiroshima was formed.

After a few months Jakob’s younger brother, Oskar, joined the duo to play bass, and later drums. The three has since been a solid line-up and after looking to reinforce the band with another permanent member they eventually found Simon Axelsson to complete the line-up.

After 2 self-released EPs and with an upcoming full-length, Oh Hiroshima has slowly gained a small fanbase all over the world.


Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante - The North Green Down

Artist: Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante
Album: The North Green Down
Genre: Ambient, Comtemporary-classic, Post-rock
Label: lidar records
Year: 2011
From : UK

01. The North Green Down
02. Leegte
03. A Hymn To Haruki Murakami
04. Le Viti Del Mondo
05. The North Green Down II
06. The North Green Down III
07. A Worn Out Life (With Cello)
08. Away From This Silence
09. The North Green Down IV
10. They Could Feel The End Of All Things
11. Nobody Is Ever Safe
12. A Loveless Moment
13. No Greater Pain
14. The North Green Down V
15. The North Green Down VI
16. A Worn Out Life
17. Wat We Kwijt Zijn
18. The North Green Down VII


23 November 2011

Panzer Queen - When All Our Fathers Worshiped Stock And Stone

Artist: Panzer Queen
Album: When All Our Fathers Worshiped Stock And Stone
Genre : Shoegaze, Indie, Progressive
Label : Birds Robe Collective
Year: 2011
From: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

01. Restless Sea, Asleep
02. Flight From The White Shores
03. Into The Golden Ocean
04. Ruby Your Eyes Are...
05. Selkie Stole My Heart And Hid It In The Sea
06. The Rain Made A Door For Me
07. Idioglossia

The second EP from one of Sydney's most beloved post-rock bands. Panzer Queen have crafted their best work yet, anchored by the stunning showcase single 'Into The Golden Ocean'. Sonically, the EP is a step forward from previous work, with the band and their producer Chris Chrisci working to deliver one of this year's gems.


Eno - -t

Artist: Eno
Album: -t
Genre : Postrock, Instrumental, Ambient
Label : Ikarus records, Synalgie records
Year: 2011
From: Zürich, Switzerland

01. 55:30
02. eero
03. lento
04. georgson
05. malin
06. boOow
07. str.y.c

ENO is a Swiss two-piece that creates an elegant mix between post-rock and ambient music. Ivo Münger and Christian Mikolasek manage to carefully craft instrumental structures and tunes into dense but light songs and soudscapes. In an incomparable effort of multitasking, these two guys are able to sound like a four-piece.


22 November 2011

Show Me A Dinosaur - Evolvent

Artist: Show Me A Dinosaur
Album: Evolvent
Genre : Ambient, Postmetal
Label : Cardboard Records
Year: 2011
From: Saint-Petersburg

01. Still First In Space
02. Gagarin
03. Is This Really Happening?!
04. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
05. You Can't Find This Place On Google Maps
06. Lift Up Your Telescopes

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19 November 2011

Japanese Sunday - Fair Winds And Following Seas

Artist: Japanese Sunday
Album: Fair Winds And Following Seas
Genre : Shoegaze, Indie, Progressive
Label : Grayscale Records/Zankyo Records/Field Records
Year: 2011
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

01. Lights Out (The Ender)
02. Surface to Air
03. Because You're Still Breathing
04. The Great Panzer War Machine
05. Tigers On Ships (Reprise)
06. Watership Down
07. Howtokillyourselfinpublic
08. Louder Than Words (Coda)
09. There Is Always Hope


18 November 2011

Emphemetry - A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets

Artist: Emphemetry
Album: A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets
Genre : Instrumental, Folk
Label : Triste (Italy)
Year: 2011
From: Derby, Midlands, UK

01. After Catalunya
02. Four Million Silhouettes
03. A Lullaby Hum
04. Francis Thompson
05. Every Other Second Day
06. Five Fields
07. So Long Magic Helper
08. Houses, Empty As Holes
09. Emilelodie
10. Isaac's Dream Of Tired Streets

The new album from Emphemetry features ambient swells of guitars, intimate folk songs, a string quartet, strange sounds, tape delay, reverse loops, pianos, and a haunted acappella quintet.

Official Site

17 November 2011

Kyst - Waterworks

Artist: Kyst
Album: Waterworks
Genre : Indie
Label : Antena Krzyku / Open Sources
Year: 2011
From: Polish-Norwegian

01. Friend Now
02. Miss The Sea
03. Sun
04. Colours
05. Water
06. Seasons / All Is Different
07. A Postcard
08. The Glowing Sea

Kyst is a band of Norwegian origin, currently residing in Sopot, Poland. It’s music varies from folk and post-rock to experimental and improvised music, often influenced by the New Weird America movement. However, the musicians prefer not to limit themselves to any specific genre, considering freedom and emotional devotion being the most important musical values. Kyst played several gigs in the biggest cities in Poland and abroad (Berlin, Prague, Hamburg, Rostock, Brussels and more) and played with such artists as: Au (USA), Silje Nes (Norway), Oldseed (Canada), Mono (Japan) and the legend of Berlin experimental music - F. S. Blumm. The self-released debut LP "Cotton Touch" gathered enthusiastic reviews in Europe. The band has been compared to Animal Collective, early Akron/Family, Arcade Fire, Tortoise and Liars (amongst others). Their second album "Waterworks" has been released on 28th March 2011 on a Polish label Antena Krzyku.


16 November 2011

Kirlian - Bienvenido a la Tierra

Band: Kirlian
Album: Bienvenido a la Tierra
Released: 20 April 2011
Label: Sadnessdiscos
From: Argentina

01. Puerta de Cristal
02. Huellas
03. La Nave Es Nuestra
04. Benicio
05. Otra Vez En El Desierto
06. El Derrumbe De Una Diosa
07. Batallon Anfibio
08. Agustin Y Las Cartas de Blanca
09. Proyecciones
10. Nuestra Ultima Danza
11. Bienvenido
12. Fuegos de Artificio

Official Site

15 November 2011

The Day We Left Earth - The Day We Left Earth

Band: The Day We Left Earth
Album: The Day We Left Earth
Released: 11 November 2011
From: Copenhagen, Denmark

01. Quatro
02. Shape & Sound
03. Daybreak
04. Lights
05. Our Benefactors


The Million Dollar Hotel OST

This is not a post-rock, i just love this movie too much, not just because there's Milla Jovovich on this movie, but the whole story is awesome. For the soundtracks, U2 really did a great job.

12 November 2011

Our Ceasing Voice & Satory Split

Band: Our Ceasing Voice & Satory
Album: 7'' Split
Label: Truelove Entertainment/Revolvermann Records
Year: 2011

01. Our Ceasing Voice - For Darkness Fears The Light
02. Satory - The Translator


Our Ceasing Voice


Egon & Donci movie OST

Soundtrack of Egon & Donci movie (Hungarian animation 2007).
Nice music, nice movie, nice animation, two thumbs up!!

11 November 2011

When Lions Meet Bears - When Lions Meet Bears

Artist: When Lions Meet Bears
Album: When Lions Meet Bears
Released: 2010
Country: UK
Genre: Post-Rock / Ambient / Atmospheric

01. All That We Are
02. First/Last
03. Entropy
04. St.Louis
05. Thoughts Alone


Ancients - Constellation EP

Artist: Ancients
Album: Constellations (Single)
Released: 2011
Country: UK
Genre: Post-Rock / Ambient / Atmospheric

01 Constellations
02 De Stella Nova
03 De Stella Nova (Acoustic)


10 November 2011

Iroha - End Of An Era EP

Band: Iroha
Album: End Of An Era EP
Label: Denovali Records
Year: 2011

01. End Of An Era
02. Where Summer Thrives
03. Fallen Angel
04. Runaway


The Kingdom Soundtrack - 13 Finale

Postrock kind music surely fit with action movie. This one really make me gazing everytime i hear it.

The Sleep Design - All That Is Not Music Is Silence

Band: The Sleep Design
Album: All That Is Not Music Is Silence
Label: Self Released
Year: 2010

01. The Sound Of War
02. These Dreams Haunt & Capture
03. Soft, Still Motionless
04. All That Is Not Music Is Silence
05. Fire, The Grave & The Eyes Of Man
06. Hope Is The Dream Of A Soul Awake
07. You Are My Home
08. He Bargains Beautifully
09. A Time To Mourn, A Time To Dance
10. The Woman
11. & The Beast


9 November 2011

Moonlit Sailor - The Cheers On The Parade

How chillin' usual :)


Edward Shearmur - Bluebird (K-Pax OST)

Brilliant music from Edward Sheamur, try to watch the whole movie. : )

Laura - Twelve Hundred Times

Band: Laura
Album: Twelve Hundred Times
Label: Elevation Recordings
Year: 2011

01. Visitor
02. This Grey Earth
03. Gravity Hill
04. Mark the Day
05. Glint
06. x1200
07. Stone Seed
08. Fugue State
09. The Slow
10. Safe Confinement
11. New Safe Confinement


Between Days - All The Water; It Flows Out To Sea

Artist – Between Days
Album – All The Water; It Flows Out To Sea
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Post-rock, Experimental

1. Relapse 04:25
2. A Lack Of Symmetry 08:33
3. My Motivation For Being Alone 12:31
4. Rewire 03:29
5. The Furthest Place From Here 10:53
6. Just Like I’ve Always Been 06:22
7. Reborn 02:20

8 November 2011

28 Weeks Later - Don abandons Alice

I do always admire when they combine between the fear of zombies and post-rock kind music.

Audiocæneat! - Red Sessions

Band: Audiocæneat!
Album: Red Sessions
Label: Frontal Noize
Year: 2010

01. The Truth Unfolded I
02. Buh!
03. From The Massives To The Masses
04. Kalypso
05. Painting The Earth With Night Flares
06. Idylla

Official Site

6 November 2011

Ólafur Arnalds - Living Room Songs

Band: Ólafur Arnalds
Album: Living Room Songs
Label: Erased Tapes Records
Year: 2011

01. Day 1: Fyrsta
02. Day 2: Near Light
03. Day 3: Film Credits
04. Day 4: Tomorrow's Song
05. Day 5: Ágúst
06. Day 6: Lag Fyrir Ömmu
07. Day 7: This Place Is A Shelter

Official Site

Wind Chill OST

Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they're preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.

Director: Gregory Jacobs
Writers: Joe Gangemi, Steven Katz
Stars: Emily Blunt, Ashton Holmes and Martin Donovan

Morris i Motljus - Morris i Motljus EP

Band: Morris i Motljus
Album: Morris i Motljus EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2011

01. Drömmar Är Som Vackrast Innan De Går I Uppfyllelse
02. En Sång Farväl
03. Cockpit Consura
04. Jag Släpper Aldrig In Dig Här Igen
05. Fann Du Frälsning I Salvation Valley?
06. Consura Cockpit
07. Ett Sista Uppvaknande


Box Story - Straight As The Rain EP

Band: Box Story
Album: Straight As The Rain EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2011

01. Nightmare
02. The Place
03. Away Always #2
04. The Seasons
05. I Try To Forget

Official Site

Box Story - The Seasons (acoustic) from Box Story on Vimeo.

Band: Fura
Album: Iamo (Single)
Label: Back To The Records
Year: 2011

01. Iamo

Fura was founded in late 2008 when 4 musicians from around the world decide to combine their artistic creativity resulting in a musical experiment with a sound that is similar to a ferret (fura in catalan): they could sleep many hours, entering in a state of absolute calm, to become a very active and curious animal.

Iamo is taken from their forthcoming debut album.

Official Site

Immanu El - In Passage

Band: Immanu El
Album: In Passage
Label: And The Sound Records
Year: 2011

01. Skagerak
02. Conquistador
03. The Threshold
04. Comforting Dawn
05. Into Waters
06. To An Ocean
07. While I'm Reaching For You
08. On Wide Shoulders


Sugar Factory

Band: Sugar Factory
Album: 440 / Explosions 7''
Label: Sudden Pause Records
Year: 2011

01. 440
02. Explosions


Band: Sugar Factory
Album: Remix
Label: Self Released
Year: 2011

01. Explosions (Through The Eyes Of Mañu)


Fire Walk With Us - Carriers

Band: Fire Walk With Us
Album: Carriers
Label: Self Released
Year: 2011

01. Motion In Swarms
02. Slumber And Feed
03. Hands Across The Void
04. Miles Alike
05. Carry On
06. This Lake In Flames

Official Site

All You've Seen - The Liquid EP

In 2008 the two Swiss guitarists, Beni and Urs, started the post-rock band All You’ve Seen. Once a drummer joined the band they started working on their first EP, which was released in summer 2009. While still looking for a bass player the band kept writing and recording new songs, finishing an album called Mahali in spring 2010. Due to personal reasons their drummer left the band leaving the two friends where they started…looking for a bass player and a drummer.In March 2011, Andi joined the band as the new drummer and Marc is playing the bass. get ready!

Band: All You've Seen 
Album: The Liquid EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2011

01. Shoals
02. Rift
03. Tidal
04. Leak


Absence Without Leave

absent without leave is :
absent without leave is the solo project of George Mastrokostas, based in Athens, Greece.
Recording everything himself in his home-studio, he produces a sound that has at times been described as a mix of shoegaze, post-rock, ambient and electronica.
To date, he has released his music on labels such as distant noise (uk), unlabel (uk), chat blanc (canada), duotone (japan), bsbta (denmark), fuzzy panda (usa), symbolic interaction (japan), october man (uk), friend of mine (japan) and also on his own label sound in silence (greece) and has collaborated for split releases and remixes with artists like port-royal, yellow6, kimonophonic, televise (ex-slowdive) and millimetrik, amongst others.
He has played several gigs in Greece at various venues, including synch festival 2007 (alongside mum, !!!, front 242, fischerspooner and alexander hacke, amongst others) and has shared the stage, most of the times after being personally invited by the artists themselves, with piano magic, god is an astronaut, 65daysofstatic, port-royal, jeniferever, manyfingers (ex-movietone, collaborator of matt elliott / third eye foundation and hood), millimetrik, section 25 (from legendary factory records), sigmatropic and many others.
He has composed the soundtrack of the short film the crossroads (directed by Petros Sofikitis) and his music has been played on some of the best radio stations worldwide like BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM and others too.

George Mastrokostas - electric & acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, loopers, e-bow, glockenspiel, bells, music boxes, melodica, harmonica, sampler, field recordings
with assistance from friends:
Charalambos Theocharis - electric guitars, bass, cellos, loopers, glockenspiel, bells
Olafur Josephsson - electric & acoustic guitars, bass, programming, bells, melodica, banjo, harp, shaker, maracas
Richard Adams - acoustic guitars, melodica
Attilio Bruzzone - keyboards
Ettore Di Roberto - keyboards, bells, sampler
Emilio Pozzolini - programming
Ben Holton - electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, programming
Rob Glover - bass, sampler
Clara Kebabian - violins, glockenspiel, hammered dulcimer
Alexandr Vatagin - cellos
Pascal Asselin - drums, programming, sampler
Eftychia Ramantza - visuals, videos, photography
Maria Vitsa - lyrics, vocals

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Artist – Absent Without Leave - ‘Neath The Tumbling Stars [ * * * * * ]
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Ambient, Post-rock, Instrumental [ GET IT GET IT GET IT ]

01. Absent Without Leave – ‘neath The Tumbling Stars
02. Absent Without Leave – As The Leaves Fall From Trees
03. Absent Without Leave – Calm Of The Sea

Artist – Absent Without Leave – Faded Photographs
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Instrumental, Post-rock, Ambient

1 How the Winter Comes
2 Old Memory Tapes
3 Dreams and Hopes
4 Faded Photographs
5 Balloons in the Sky
6 Where the Birds Fly in Winter
7 Daydream Lullaby
8 Above the Trees

Artist – Absent Without Leave – Resound
Release Date – 2008
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

1 Blue Vitriol 7:56
2 Aerolite 7:59
3 Pale Yellow 5:05

Artist – Absent Without Leave - Bon Voyage
Release Date – 2006
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

1 Valentine
2 Film the Silence
3 Clouds
4 Blind
5 Love Dissolves
6 Just Like Then
7 Memories
8 Magic Box

Artist – Absent Without Leave – Postcards From Nowhere
Release Date – 2008
Genre – Instrumental, Ambient, Post-rock

1 Before the First Rain
2 These Days Are Cold
3 End of July
4 The Same Mistake
5 Sudden Change
6 25 Years
7 Following a Trembling Star
8 The First Rain

So, what is Post-Rock?

Post-rock is a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and "guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures" not traditionally found in rock. Post-rock musicians typically produce instrumental music.
Don Caballero and Tortoise were among the more prominent bands described as post-rock in the 1990s, but their styles are very different, despite being instrumental bands centered on guitars and drums. As such, the term has been the subject of backlash from listeners and artists alike.
Although firmly rooted in the indie or underground scene of the 1980s and early '90s, post-rock's style often bears little resemblance musically to that of contemporary indie rock.

Musical characteristics
The post-rock sound incorporates characteristics from a variety of musical genres, including ambient, jazz, electronica, and experimental. Early post-rock groups also often exhibited strong influence from the krautrock of the '70s, particularly borrowing elements of "motorik", the characteristic krautrock rhythm.
Post-rock compositions often make use of repetition of musical motifs and subtle changes with an extremely wide range of dynamics. In some respects, this is similar to the music of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Brian Eno, pioneers of minimalism. Typically, post-rock pieces are lengthy and instrumental, containing repetitive build-ups of timbre, dynamics and texture.
Vocals are often omitted from post-rock; however, this does not necessarily mean they are absent entirely. When vocals are included, the use is typically non-traditional: some post-rock bands employ vocals as purely instrumental efforts and incidental to the sound, rather than a more traditional use where "clean", easily-interpretable vocals are important for poetic and lyrical meaning. When present, post-rock vocals are often soft or droning and are typically infrequent or present in irregular intervals. Sigur Rós, a band known for their distinctive vocals, fabricated a language that critics call "Hopelandic" ("Vonlenska" in Icelandic, a term even used by the band), which has been described by the band as "a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music and acts as another instrument."
However, in lieu of typical rock structures like the verse-chorus form, post-rock groups generally make greater use of soundscapes. As Simon Reynolds states in his "Post-Rock" from Audio Culture, "A band's journey through rock to post-rock usually involves a trajectory from narrative lyrics to stream-of-consciousness to voice-as-texture to purely instrumental music". Reynolds' conclusion defines the sporadic progression from rock, with its field of sound and lyrics to post-rock, where samples are stretched and looped.
Some bands, such as Rachel's and Clogs, combine post-rock with classical music[citation needed], while others such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am are so far removed from popular music in their sparseness of arrangement and use of repetition, that they are frequently compared to minimalism.
Wider experimentation and blending of other genres have recently taken hold in the post-rock scene. Cult of Luna, Isis, Russian Circles and Pelican have fused metal with post-rock styles. The resulting sound has been termed post-metal. More recently, Sludge metal has grown and evolved to include (and in some cases fuse completely with) some elements of post-rock. This second wave of sludge metal has been pioneered by bands such as Giant Squid and Battle of Mice. This new sound is often seen on the label of Neurot Recordings. Similarly, bands such as Altar of Plagues, Lantlôs and Agalloch blend between post-rock and black metal, incorporating elements of the former while primarily using the latter.[36] In some cases, this sort of experimentation and blending has gone beyond the fusion of post-rock with a single genre, as in the case of post-metal, in favor of an even wider embrace of disparate musical influences.