Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TIDES FROM NEBULA – “Eternal Movement”


 Label: SPV
Review By: Alan Holloway

Tides From Nebula are a Polish post rock band. What’s post rock? Hell, I didn’t know, so as usual I ran to Wikipedia, who told me that it’s “a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures" not traditionally found in rock”. So that’s all clear, then.

Anyway, a lot of these post rock bands are instrumental only, and Tides From Nebula are no exception with this, their third album. 8 tracks make up nearly fifty minutes of music with not a vocal in sight, although the traditionally pretentious song titles (beloved of all instrumental albums) are present and correct. “Emptiness Of Yours & Mine” anyone?

Oh, please yourselves… One thing I have learned about post rock today (apart from it’s existence, natch) is that it’s awfully dull. You can almost hear the band members measuring each track on an internal “Worthiness” scale, with the result the sort of thing you imagine spaced out hippies listening to for hours on end, after which they bang on about it at parties until someone punches them.

There’s no doubting the musicianship here, and it’s also well produced, but I genuinely have trouble telling one tune from the next, which doesn’t help if they are all really, really uninteresting. This is the reason for the second “R”, along with the fact that there must be some people out there who enjoy muso musings that make your average prog album look like Dragonforce. Just don’t let me talk to them at parties…

Official Website: http://eng.tidesfromnebula.com/

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