It is Post Rock’s turn to take the spotlight today in our Best of 2019 series, certainly a year which marked the return of some big guns in the genre. There was a fair amount of originality and nuance too in a genre that can be rather formulaic and lacking in diversity at times (and not just musically) That said however, the top end of these tracks are as good as much of what was jaw droppingly so in the genres halcyon days – with the soft-loud dynamic of raw power and wistful melancholy on point, and used to inspiring effect.
Our number one track this year is by Northern Californian trio Old Solar with the superlative “Summer Solstice: Dancing Days in The Garden Well-Watered”, a ten minute plus opus characterised by its slow burn build and shift on a dime but ever-cohesive dynamic. It comes from their 5 track concept album SEE, self released in January and based around the natural power and spiritual influence of the four equinoxes.
Special mention goes to Moscow’s Powder! Go Away who pack more ideas and skill into ‘Moscow-North Pole-Vancouver’ in three minutes that some can do over a career and prove that Post Rock doesn’t have to mean post five minutes. San Francisco’s Wander delivered a track of organic beauty leaving in the rough hues on ‘Faraway. The melodic sentiment and steely resolve expressed in the deeply affecting ‘Patterns In Static’ by Västerås quartet Feed Me To The Waves had us hooked for months. Rounding out our 5 best of 2019 is Nebraskan outfit Minor Movements who can be well proud of the disciplined power they brought to our ears with the track ‘Hamatraya’
Following these five are, in order of preference the remaining 45 that follow them to make up the best 50 tracks we’ve featured in the playlist Post Rock shares with the genres of Shoegaze, Post Punk & Dark & Coldwave. And if you want to check out what’s being released now in Post Rock follow the 2020 version of the New Music Playlist these came from here.