BLUENECK - The Fallen Host

Blueneck - The Fallen Host

8 songs
55:18 minutes
***** **


In the beginning, the idea of postrock must have been to bring traditional guitar driven rock music to a higher level, by deconstructing the tried and tested structure of the song and reassembling its parts into something entirely new. Early bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor and Mogwai used this to kick-start their careers and paved the way for many artists to follow. In the meantime, the genre has found a lot of followers, and consequently it’s not that easy anymore to create something wholly unheard before.

Blueneck are a quartet from England influenced by the aforementioned bands but also Sigur Ros and later Radiohead. This should get you already an inkling of what to expect on their nearly one hour long album The Fallen Host which came three years after their debut Scars Of The Midwest.

Never in a hurry to get to the point, the record starts already with an incredibly subdued intro that takes about one minute before you hear any sounds. Maybe that’s why they titled it with parentheses (Depart From Me, You Who Are Cursed). Although their songs never cross the ten minute border, three come very close. But no matter what length their songs are, they are never what I would call immediate. The guitars start out quite hesitantly, the vocals are very subdued, there are a lot of string arrangement that furthermore help to establish a very fragile mood. Blueneck’s music comes closest to that of Icelandic poets Sigur Ros, even though the Brits can’t yet claim the same amount of emotional depth. But that doesn’t mean that their efforts are in vain. Listening to The Fallen Host without giving it the necessary attention may leave you with the stale taste of a rather unexciting affair. Once you start digging deeper, you will be amazed by the discreet build-up of their tracks that never give in to commercial pressure, instead follow steadfastly their leisurely path that sometimes at the most unexpected moments surprises with instrumental crescendos.

It would be presumptuous to count Blueneck already among the visionaries of the postrock genre, but they are definitely on the right track to establish their own musical vision. This may all be too sedate for some, but what eventually counts is the fact that The Fallen Host comes out as a pure musical vision with the potential to conjure delicate images within anyone willing to be immersed in these musical explorations.

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