Sigur Rós – ‘Brennisteinn’

SIGUR ROS - 'KVEIKUR'

In January, Sigur Rós announced the departure of long-term keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson. Now a trio, Sigur Rós will release their new album ‘Kveikur’ on June 17 (June 18 USA) via XL Recordings (pre-order here). ‘Brennisteinn’ (brimstone) is the first track released from the album, check out the video below. The Icelandic vets are tipped to get more “aggressive” this time round, a reaction to their previous LP ‘Valtari’.

 
Sigur Rós – ‘Brennisteinn’

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Apricot Rail – 'Basket Press'

Instrumental post rockers Apricot Rail release their second album ‘Quarrels’ featuring ‘Basket Press‘ (free download) on February 25 via Hidden Shoal Recordings. The Perth-based six piece shift between pretty melodies and different textures… when was the last time you heard woodwinds on a post rock tune!? The “soft, soft, oh my gawd crescendo” moments are avoided in place of a more reflective listening experience. Thumbs up.

 
Apricot Rail – ‘Basket Press’


 

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Magnets – ‘Doe’

Magnets flip between vocal harmonies (fit to impress Justin Vernon) then jump straight into deep, driving riffs usually reserved for the likes of Russian Circles. Take a listen to Magnets new single ‘Doe‘ to hear what I’m on about (out now via Something, Something Records). The British four piece hail from Folkestone and describe themselves as ‘heavy shoegaze’ but there’s a lot going on to attract post rock and metal lovers too.

 

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HANDLINGNOISE – ‘Smackblossoms’

Ambient post rock from Finland’s HANDLINGNOISE. After five years of experiential noise and sonic destruction, the Helsinki-based act have released an eight track collection with a slew of epic tracks, download or stream it here.

 

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FPRF – ‘The Highest Mountain Peak’

New music from icy Siberia! FPRF have released their self-titled new album (grab the vinyl here or download it free). Based in Novosibirsk, Russia, the four piece rock act create progressive songs that meld shoegaze sounds and electronics with post rock composition. We heard the lead single ‘Crystallization Point’ back in September, now take a listen to the moody album cut ‘The Highest Mountain Peak’.

 

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Late Night Venture – 'Kaleidoscopes'

Fresh post rock from Denmark’s Late Night Venture, the five piece released their new album ‘Pioneers Of Spaceflight‘ via Dunk Records/Target Distribution this week. Six years since their debut, Late Night Venture can produce epic post rock akin to Explosions In The Sky and Mono. The difference being the melodic, vocal led tracks like ‘Houses’ and ‘Trust’, influenced by The Cure and MBV. Take a listen to the dynamic opener ‘Kaleidoscopes’.

 

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Hammock – '(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die'

Hammock go big for their new single ‘(Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die’. The Nashville-based duo are known for their ambient, post rock powers! However, their latest single has plenty of lush vocals, hooks and an opera house full of strings. ’Departure Songs‘, Hammock’s fifth album will be released on October 2. Better still, this is a double album, pre-order details at Bandcamp.

 

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Islands – ‘Golden Path’

Time to break genre ranks. This is a rarity for SBWR but the searing post metal of Islands is just too good to pass up. Complete with blood draining vocals and monsterous riffs, Islands new self-titled EP will be released on July 28. There’s something in this release for metal fans and post rock stalwarts. The opener ‘Golden Path’ had me thinking it was the second coming of Isis. The Sydney-based five piece are set to tour the US and Europe next month.

 

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Mono – ‘Dream Odyssey’

Widescreen post rock from Mono‘s new record ‘For My Parents’ out via Temporary Residence on September 4. ‘Dream Odyssey’ is a cinematic epic which delicately switches instrumentation for maximum effect. Mark your diary folks.

 

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Mile End – ‘Blood Money’

The elaborate debut release from Mile End has hit the interwebs, ‘Downers’ is available for free download via Soundcloud. Mile End hail from Perth, Western Australia and produce dynamic tunes that relax, twist, wail and bite. ‘Downers’ is an abstract, post rock perspective on dream pop that’s prone to reflection and impulsion, as in the album cut ‘Blood Money’.

 

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