If you know me, and you a tiny bit about my musical preferences, you'll notice that this Italian post rock band has mentioned a few bands that I totally adore. The Cure, Trentemøller and Massive Attack all belong to my personal favorites too. Depeche Mode no so much but their appearance on this list made me extremely curious about this record.
So I pressed play and put my most recent set of Brieviews on hold to focus on this nifty little record. 'Night, Mr. Lenin' started to play and yes, there were the electronic elements, followed by spot-on post rock music. God Is An Astronaut came to mind and so did a whole bunch of electronic music gurus from back in the days. Another band that does something like this is Tiny Fingers and I love them, so I figured it would be only a matter of time before I'd love Irina Nëstor. Then 'Arpeggio Means Nothing' began, pretty much focusing on classic, anthemic post rock and leaving out most of the gloomy electronics. Instead, after a while this one even nudges to doom metal, causing me to start banging my head.
All these elements certainly give the music of Irina Nëstor and interesting twist. On one hand it is playful and joyous while on the other hand gloomy, emotional overtones keep a firm grasp on the listener. 'Milgram', for instance, is a plucky, uplifting piece of post rock, driving on electronic beats and containing sweet soundscapes, but still there is something melancholic in the music, something I definitely love. And then, suddenly, it starts to rock hard and somewhat psychedelic and the electronics seem to go wild. Adventurous? Hell yeah, this band seems to throw surprise after surprise into your hearing holes, which obviously is a good thing.
I'm not going into a song-by-song description because that would merely repeat the two previous paragraphs. I think it should be pretty clear by now that this music is a breath of fresh air in an overcrowded genre. For the most past, Irina Nëstor can be seen as a high quality post rock band, one that experiments and plays with the unexpected. In a song like 'Hawaii' that something is indie rock and dream pop, in others it's something else. This is a promising debut from a well attuned and daring band. If they can keep up with this level of quality, both live and on future albums, this might become one of the new stars in the post rock firmament.