Most people familiar with post-rock have likely heard of bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, and Sigur Rós. I've been a post-rock aficionado for a long time, and rather than writing a general "I like post-rock and this is why" rundown for people that can defer themselves to my last.fm profile, I'd like to talk about several lesser-known post-rock bands that someone like me might not have listened to. For the past few days, I've been burning through youtube jumping from one post-rock group to another, and I've found several new favorites to share.

The Ascent of Everest is one of my favorites. I'd describe them as a very true-to-form post-rock band. Their songs are thoughtful, and I don't feel like I'm listening to the same thing throughout the whole album. They have a nice mix of ambient and "loud" songs, and in that regard they remind me most of GY!BE. One difference that I like is that Ascent of Everest's songs are a bit shorter on average than the 20-30 minute epics of GY!BE. Their albums are a lot more like "Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada." So far, I've really liked Molotov and Alas, Alas! The Breath of Life.

The Best Pessimist is a bit more aggressive and fast-paced, but I really like what he does with his music. His songs are shorter, the songwriting is not as challenging as it could be, but even so, his music is very listenable. The way that Ascent of Everest might be considered a "sitting in an armchair looking out the window while smoking a pipe" kind of band, The Best Pessimist is driving, motivating, and energetic. The mental imagery his music creates is very different. My favorite song from him at the moment is Guardian Angel. You can probably see what I'm saying about the technicality of the song compared to other post-rock bands when you listen to it – it's the same melody all the way through, and not a very complicated one, but the song still manages to be gripping.

We All Inherit The Moon is a softer, more "modern-classical" band. Their sound has a flowing quality to it, and because the albums I've heard have all been multi-part epics, it is hard to tell when one song ends and another begins. All their songs are very dreamy, and I can't describe them differently than that. I don't have a favorite song for them yet, but start here and see where you end up.

Yndi Halda is a band I've known about for a while, but I never feel that they get enough recognition. They have only one album, with only four songs on it, but it is truly amazing. Their songs crescendo brilliantly into flurries of noise, and subside into calmness before roaring back again, and I feel that this is the essence of post-rock. I recommend We Flood Empty Lakes and A Song For Starlit Beaches to convince anyone of how good these guys are.

That sums up my week. Post-rock has been perhaps my favorite genre for years, and I will always enjoy finding great new bands that make this music.

P.S. Ascent of Everest and We All Inherit the Moon let you download their albums for free (or specify any price you wish) here.


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