India’s first post-rock band release their EP ‘Strangeloop’

Posted at November 16th, 2015 | by Guest Writer | in

Post-Rock has garnered a lot of interest around the world owing to artists like Mogwai, Sigur Rós, Explosions In The Sky and As So I Watch You From Afar. Post-Rock is nowhere close to mainstream popularity though and has remained primarily underground.
Amidst all this, A Mutual Question, an ambient/post rock project from Mumbai/Pune, is at the top of our homegrown post-rock scene. Their music, as they put it, is intended to be not just an aural perception, but a captivating audio/visual experience. Their music is often compared to Explosions In The Sky.

After an amazing Debut EP Eyes Everywhere, they are back with their Sophomore EP Strangeloop.

Here’s a review of the 5 track long EP :

Dune

The track combines silence and loudness to resulting in an eerie lost-in-space feel. It starts with agressive riffs and progresses into melodic guitar and synths.

Strangeloop

A dramatic, almost action film-esque track with catchy riffs and rhythms backed with ghostly vocalizations.

Midsun Brews

The first track with prominent (though extremely brief) vocals. Heavily layered musical elements, it’s really amazing how much is going on at the same time yet somehow comes together.

Awakener

The feeling of impending doom reminiscent of a Metal track which progresses into loud riffs and groovy bass and percussion complemented by a melodic lead.

Rhythm Of Tragedy

The track sounds almost like a croon or a cry for help. My personal favourite with some great guitar work.

Post-Rock generally utilizes no or minimal vocals. This leaves everything to the emotion or the feel that is evoked from the listener making it very difficult to actually describe the tracks to somebody else. That being said, one can definitely make out that the music is oriented towards a “dark” theme which is a diversion from their first EP. The music is extremely well produced with the guitars shining especially in Awakener and Rhythm Of Tragedy and percussion in Strangeloop. The album does an incredible job of creating an ambience which almost projects visuals into your subconscious with layers and layers of sounds whipped into a morose yet hopeful melange.

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