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Post prog rock or is that prog post rock!?!
on 11 May 2009
Prog rock and post rock have in some ways travelled along similar lines, but in different time frames. Prog was an early 70's genre, bred out of post psychedelia. Post rock came out of post punk/new wave of the late 70's. early 80's and developed through the late 80's into the 90's. However what links them is an attitude to produce music that pushes the boundaries of "standard rock" into some form of art rock. Strangely, both have rarely co-joined. The reason for that is probably more to do with attitude. Its that prog v punk thing again.
But here we have Crippled Black Phoenix, a band made up of members from recognised post rock bands, but clearly playing music that owes as much to prog as post rock. Take the track "Rise Up and Fight". This is pure middle period Pink Floyd. The strident bass is straight from "One of the Days" and there's even a synth solo. But then you have the slowly, reflective instrumental "Wendigo" which is more in a typical post rock vein, of someone like "Godspeed You Black Emperor". Or the epic lengthy (18 minutes plus) of "Time of Ye Life/Born for Nothing/Paranoid Arm of Narcoleptic Empire" is text book prog. Well, I could go on. Whatever, It all works very well indeed. The bouncing back and forth between styles may be disconcerting at first, but repeated listens does bring a logical cohesiveness to the album as a whole. It is a hugely ambitious achievement and has to be applauded for that. Also, in typical prog fashion the album is available as an extended 2CD box set affair. Just need the triple gatefold sleeve addition to top things off nicely.