Code I is Alex Wilkinson, a solo multi instrumentalist recording artist and producer from Nottingham, England. In 2015 he released his first effort, now followed by this ep. Influenced by acts like God Is An Astronaut, Explosions In The Sky and Mogwai, this act places itself at the heavier regions of the genre. Obviously, there are the elaborate soundscapes and the gentle, almost modern classical pieces, which make this genre so interesting, but there also seems to something else, something heavy.
The ep opens with the stunning 'Return Of The Black Star', a classic heavy post-rock track with all the right ingredients to make it an outstanding tune. Soundscapes, synths and bashing guitars, exactly what I like in this genre. Besides, apart from the obvious post rock influences, parts of this song remind me of Metallica while other parts bring Massive Attack to mind. Now, those are two bands I'd like to see writing an album together.
Speaking of bands, that's the only thing I pity with these one-man post-rock acts. They'll probably never perform live. So I had a little idea. Alex Wilkinson is a label mate and friend of Jan Platek (We Deserve This, another one-man band). What if they would work together, form a band and play few songs from each act. They should do that on Dunk!Festival, for example. I'm pretty sure the tent would explode when they play songs like 'Chaos In Disorder'. My god, what a massive and awe-inspiring track is that.
I didn't mention the other three tracks but I can assure you that you'll love them too if you're a fan of post-rock. So go ahead, do yourself a favour and check it out.