On ‘Prologue’ we see post-rock outfit Slowrun indulging in the very essence that makes up the genre. Utilizing its many strengths, Slowrun present what is an incredibly charged and exciting album. ‘Prologue’ features many of the typical elements of post rock music, with guitars building up into big moments that crash around, as well as delicate gentle moments that float around the playing of a few key notes. It’s an impressive album that manages to do everything right, though it should be mentioned that it doesn’t do the greatest amount to really break the mold of the post-rock genre.
‘Prologue’ is in some ways the typical post rock record. There’s a great variation in the dynamics present on the album as there are big build ups, thrashy elements and the odd one or two experimental moments. The thing is, Slowrun have done everything so well that it manages to present themselves as a very strong post rock band, and present their album as a very strong album. ‘Prologue’ is simply brilliant, where each track contributes an incredible amount to the album. At times, it even sounds emotional, purely through the choice of notes played by the band itself.
The only problem with prologue is that, although it is an incredibly strong record, it simply doesn’t do enough to break the mold of post-rock music. Many of the elements used in the album are all rather typical elements that have been done before by many other post rock bands. When it comes to post rock music, it’s incredibly difficult to truly make your band stand out from the rest, as the absence of a vocalist makes the music harder to distinguish. Now Slowrun doesn’t by any means need to add a vocalist in their band, but they might benefit from trying that little bit more to make them stand out in the genre.
At the end of the day though, Slowrun have produced a phenomenal album with a wonderful array of songs that is simply incredibly enjoyable, especially to fans of the genre. Perhaps post-rock could benefit from every single other band adding variations to their sound, and letting Slowrun keep the sound they have. It would be ideal, but silly and illogical. For now, all Slowrun need to do is just enjoy the fact that they have managed to produce an incredibly strong album that manages to tick all the boxes on what a great post-rock record should have. ‘Prologue’ is perhaps one of the strongest post-rock records of this year, and easily one of my favorites of 2013. I can’t wait to hear what they’ll achieve next.
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Slowrun’s new album ‘Prologue’ is out now, and can be purchased at: http://slowrun.bandcamp.com/album/prologue