on 15 July 2007
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.
on 22 May 2006
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!
on 31 May 2007
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.
on 21 January 2008
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?