PG.LOST - It’s Not Me, It’s You

Pg.lost - It’s Not Me, It’s You

6 songs
55:48 minutes
***** **
Black Star Foundation


I remember when I first discovered post rock in the late Nineties, I was amazed at how much grandeur rock music could generate. A decade has passed since, and although the genre is still sounding good, it has lost some of its pioneer magic. Pg.lost from Sweden are another young band trying the instrumental long songs, with no track shorter than six minutes and three even breaking the ten minute frontier. They can also claim to have a member of better known Last Days Of April among them. But what does this mean in the end?

It’s Not Me, It’s You is their debut longplayer, after having released an EP the year before. The songs all start meditatively, and of course build up to majestic crescendos, making you wonder how you got there in the first place. In that way, Pg.lost are very smart, as they know how to build up tension. But there is always the danger of hard accessibility with instrumental music, especially when a band doesn’t adhere to the verse-chorus structure of a regular pop song. This is not meant as a criticism, but as an advice to add surprising moments to keep the listener’s attention. Of course there are highlights on the album. Pascal’s Law is really monumental, Maquina sounds a little more aggressive, and the final Siren is, after a too slow start, embellished with soaring shoe-gaze vocals, drawing parallels to Mogwai, although most of the time I felt mostly reminded of Explosions In The Sky.

It’s Not Me, It’s You is a very good debut album that unfortunately doesn’t try often enough to find its own sound. Pg.Lost are best when they turn up the guitars, which is emphasised by the perfect production: distorted guitars reverbing around your head, making you feel joyfully dizzy. If Pg.lost added more shoegaze and vocal elements to their sound, emancipating themselves a little from the constricting Texas post rock sound, they could quite probably make it to the top of their very vast movement.

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