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Instrumental Rock, as a branch of post-Metal, can be such a tricky genre to pull off well. Many times it is about a balance that bands can miss. Too often bands miss that poignancy and enchanting quality that such material often needs and instead prove mechanical and disengaging in nature. Over three prior albums, Floridian act Set And Setting have showcased both a technical prowess in their sound and that difficult ingredient, heart, whilst continuously adapting their sound; a case which is proven once again on their latest effort, Tabula Rasa (Pelagic).Continue reading
Boston Post-Rock up and comers InAeona released their new album, Force rise the Sun, from Prosthetic Records today. The band has also announced tour dates: a brief run with Cult of Luna and Kylesa followed by a headline tour, kicking off with a hometown show on 8/30 at Great Scott.
InAeona tour dates:
8/30 Allston, MA : O’Brien’s Pub (record release show w/ Set and Setting, So Hideous, Meek Is Murder)
Sep 01: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY #
Sep 02: Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC #
Sep 03: Mod Club Theater – Toronto, ON #
Sep 04: Reggie’s – Chicago, IL #
Sep 05: State Street Pub – Indianapolis, IN
Sep 07: Blind Bob’s – Dayton, OH (w/ Mouth of the Architect, So Hideous, Set and Setting)
Sep 09: The East Room – Nashville, TN (w/ Set and Setting, A Thousand Plateaus)
Sep 11: Harling’s Upstairs – Kansas City, MO
Sep 13: Seventh Circle Collective- Denver, CO
Sep 15: Metro Bar- Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 24: The Complex – Los Angeles, CA
Sep 25: Legends Record- San Diego, CA
Sep 26: The Garage – Ventura, CA
Oct 08: Hotshots- Shreveport, LA
Oct 09: Twist of Lime- New Orleans, LA
Oct 10: The Nick – Birmingham, AL
# w/ Cult of Luna, Kylesa
Just when you thought that post metal had run its course with the demise of Isis and Cult of Luna going on hiatus, along comes another set of bearded types who love Explosions in the Sky more than they do employing a vocalist. That’s not to say they’re not welcome to hang around for a while however, for St. Petersburg, Florida five piece Set and Setting have some gloriously hazy sights to show us, which they do with aplomb on sophomore record A Vivid Memory (Prosthetic).
With a name referencing the importance of one’s mindset and location in order to best appreciate an experience with psychedelic drugs, it would be lazy to lump Set and Setting in with those bands who rely on their listeners being wasted to make up for their own musical shortcomings, but it is true that the kind of woozy, gradually building post metal they play would go well with some mind-bending substances at hand. The repetitive melodies and surging rhythms of opening tracks ‘Waves of Luminescence’ and ‘The Inevitable Cycle’ will delight fans of Mono and Pelican, especially with the latter’s bursts of speed indicating that the band haven’t nodded off just yet, while the clinical squalls of ‘Acceptance’ has the members getting the most from their instruments.
Track lengths increase as the album progresses as the band explore the void even deeper with the blurring of post and black metal on the searing sheen of ‘Descending Sun’ which at times sounds like Deafheaven devoid of vocals. The dual percussive assault is maintained throughout the album, giving proceedings a hypnotic feel while the visual impressions of dramatic landscapes and blurred impressions are enforced by the use of repetition and occasional forays into drone and even Shoegaze territory. However the band never tries to outdo themselves and know that the best way to produce a memorable song is to make it worth listening to again. A Vivid Memory has plenty of such tracks and although you don’t have to be baked to fully appreciate them, it wouldn’t hurt.