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Category Archives: Post-Rock

Stereolab – Freestyle Dumpling

Here’s the groop with a tune that featured on the 2002 compilation ‘Rough Trade Shops: Electronic 01’. This sees them in a stomping mood where guitar fuzz abounds.

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Stereolab – Vonal Declosion (live at the Windmill, Brixton 2008)

Oh to have seen Stereolab at the cosy Windmill; a band who always deliver live, and this rendition of this brilliant track from their 2003 album ‘Margerine Eclipse’ hits the spot, so one can imagine the whole gig saw them nail it.

Stereolab – Three Women

Seriously upbeat track with swelling horn sections galore from the groops 2008 album ‘Chemical Chords’.  The video was made by The Focus Group’s Julian House

To Rococo Rot – Boiler Room: In Stereo

German Post-Rock group who fuse Electronica and essence of Krautrock ceased operations after nearly 20 years of activity. This live set for Boiler room is their last, recorded performance, made in 2014. Thanks for everything guys, you’ll be missed.

Broadcast – Bit 35

Trish is travelling down the Kosmische Autobahn on this number from her 2005 album ‘Tender Buttons’.

Stereolab – The Flower Called Nowhere

A song that spins like a merry-go-round whilst sprouting incandescent melodies, whilst  ethereal vocals that sound like the ghosts of French movies from the 60’s (it’s Stereolab, after all) abound. This is from their 1996 album ‘Dots And Loops’.

Tortoise – Monica + In Sarah, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Women And Men (live)

We cannot say we know where this was, or exactly when (though looking at the band, it’s not their early days), but they give some spirited live versions of tracks that appear on ‘TNT’ and ‘Standards’. Firstly we have the Post-Funk sexiness of ‘Monica’; all drum breaks and snakey RnB keyboards. Secondly, the Latin flavoured ‘In Sarah….’ is as beautiful as ever.

To Rococo Rot – He Loves Me (Four tet Remix)

German Post Rockers who draw on Krautrock and Electronica get the Four Tet treatment. The original track appeared on the bands 2nd album, 1997’s ‘Vieculo’, the remix appeared in 2012 on the ‘Rocket Road Remixes’.

Mogwai – Auto Rock

Mighty album opener that sets its stall out from the get-go. Yes, this album will tug on your heartstrings, and you better get used to it! From the 2006 effort ‘Mr. Beast’.

Tortoise – High Class Slim Came Floatin’ In

Tortoise open their 2009 album ‘Beacons of Ancestorship’ confidently with “High Class Slim Floatin’ In,” all Dubby drums and fuzzy guitar riffs; and  synth melodies resemble that sound like Harmonia employed Bernie Worrel. In fact it appears that Tortoise had dragged out all the analogue electronic gear in their possession for this album; and it’s a very good thing that they did.

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