RIYL: post-rock that doesn't constrict itself to the crescendo

Label: Cruel Nature Records

It’s always a welcome breath of fresh air to find post-rock that doesn’t build itself entirely around the crescendo. I don’t want to restrict Woven Skull’s The Forest Of Everything to this single genre, but in a short description the term suffices. The kindling of this album is reminiscent of Antonio Sánchez’s soundtrack work for Iñárritu’s Birdman, comprised solely of jazz drumming. The ethos of this album’s music isn’t fraught with tension like Birdman is, though. The Forest Of Everything sounds like a mixing of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Do Make Say Think, earlier Tortoise and The For Carnation. The constant sourcing of sound from percussion (aside from drums) and an eerie, nearly invasive synthesizer, doesn’t make The Forest Of Everything feel like a chore to get through, as is unfortunately the case with much post-rock I hear. It’s hard for me to grin and bear it if it’s just shimmery, sometimes melancholic, guitars that are obviously leading towards a crescendo. However, this was a pleasure to listen to. For a measly $7, The Forest Of Everything is a steal. Listen to the Bandcamp stream of The Forest Of Everything below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Recorded at Sonic Lab, Queens University, Belfast by Woven Skull September 2015
Mixed by Natalia
Cover Art by Aonghus
released May 10, 2016

Natalia Beylis - Mandola
Aonghus McEvoy - Guitar
Willie Stewart - Percussion

Price $7.22

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