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Scars Of The Midwest

Blueneck Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Don't Touch
  • ASIN: B000FKO02Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Hills Have Eyes
2. Judas! Judas!
3. Oig
4. Le:465
5. Ub1
6. Epiphany
7. Ub2
8. Amoc
9. Yesterday's Forgotten

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Blueneck have teamed up with producer and musical visionary Corin Dingley for their first full-length album "Scars Of The Midwest". They have dropped conventional song-structure in favour of a soaring soundscape of pure dynamics. From the Eno-esque minimalism of 'UB1' to the pounding, thunderous drones of 'Judas! Judas!', most of the album is a dark, desperate journey of epic proportions. Operating in a similar post-rock territory to bands such as Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Sigur Ros and Mogwai, but having spent a year and locked away recording in the hills of deepest Somerset, they have delivered a dark, dynamic masterpiece which has a sound truly their own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, elemental beauty 15 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Blueneck are too good a band to be pigeonholed in the Godspeed, Mogwai, etc category - although influenced by those bands, they are not derivative of them. In fact, they draw inspiration from areas outside of post-rock, evident in the baroque/industrial stylings of 'Judas! Judas!' and shuddering histrionics of 'epiphany'.
Blueneck also have the ability to craft accessible but experimental ballads, finding an easy balance between instrumental sections and vocals in a similar way to Radiohead's 'How to Disappear Completely'. The singer's voice is similar to Elbow's Guy Garvey, often floating into the background as it does on the moving 'le:465', or adding bite to the guitars like on part two of the post-trance 'ub2'. This creates the sense of the vocals emerging from the music as though it were another layer of guitar.
But Blueneck's speciality is simply the ability to write intensely beautiful music that is natural and not post-rock 'method': the middle eight of 'le:465' is a fine example. The music dies down to a whisper before it breaks out into a spacious chord pattern, where a sparse piano melody repeats the song's haunting melody. It is so good that I have found myself rewinding the song to hear the part again. The great thing about their music is that they somehow evoke the wide-open spaces of their native west-country, just like Sigur Ros create a sense of the expanses of Iceland.
It's a shame that this band hasn't found more attention and that I only bought this record by chance, but it is definitely worth the purchase. In the last year this is probably the record I have probably listened to most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oooo lovely 22 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album from the drunken bassist of this wonderful (Mogwai meets Radiohead if you like) band about 3 months ago. I had just witnessed what can only be said as 40 minutes of blissful pleasure. 'Scars of...' starts off so well in portraying the band's qualities. A humming guitar gradually, getting louder and louder until it climaxes with a thundering crash of piano as 'Judas Judas' rolls in. The album continues and some of the most beautifully crafted post-rock gems unfold. Aside from the music, the artwork and paper-casing is lovely and they're all an extremely nice bunch of guys. Seeing them live is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Moody, Brilliant 31 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of the "post-rock" genre, I'm always on the lookout for someone trying to find ways of keep the genre moving forward.

This album succeeds on every level.

The production is especially brilliant.

Blueneck's use of vocals is also extremely effective. Epiphany is a shining example.

This is a truly striking, original debut album.

A must for fans of Sigur Rós and Mogwai.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting combination 21 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Most people think of Blueneck as being post-rock, but I'd say that they're moving out of it and more towards a 'Radiohead' style. The lyrics are conveyed very much in a vein of the 90s downbeat pop band, even though the vocalist has a softer voice. The music is still sprawly crescendo rock that probably lead to it being slotted into the post-rock genre, but the other influences raise it out and bring it into a disturbing nightmare-dream rock arena. This music also has qualities normally associated with artists such as 'M83' or 'god is an astronaut'. The dark piano is very 'ASMZ', but the full composition makes for a new overall feel. if you mix trip-hop and post -rock maybe you're getting there... trip-rock?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 9 Feb 2008
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Format:Audio CD
A North Somerset (UK) based instrumental post-rock band, Blueneck, flicks the lit match into the puddle of gasoline, spilled near my winter beaten soul. With the calm cinematic piano, gliding guitars, and explosive crescendos, Blueneck builds up raw emotion until you are slapped across the face with sound; and while your cheek is still throbbing with the pain of reality, the subliminal messages are pumped into your head in gentle brush strokes. Blueneck expands on the beloved Godspeed You! Black Emperor with their masterful command of instruments, apocalyptic tension, and controlled dynamics. The atmospheric and restrained pace intensifies the anticipation of resolve, and the final delivery does not dissapoint. I'm not a big fan of vocals in my music, unless they are executed by memorable voices, like David Martin's from iLiKETRAiNS. Yet Duncan Attwood impresses me once again - I am instantly reminded of Thom Yorke and Radiohead's classic Kid A. Scars of the Midwest is Blueneck's first album released on Don't Touch records, scheduled for a vinyl reprint by Denovali Records in 2008. I am also impatient about their split release with The Pirate Ship Quintet on the same label, Denovali. Highly recommended! Favorite track : Epiphany and Ub2.
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