Krobak is a band from Ukraine, specialized in progressive instrumental music. In its ranks we can see a familiar face, that from Stoned Jesus guitarist Igor who formed Krobak as a solo project several years and albums ago. Today, the quartet released their third full-length, one which bashes on the boundaries of post rock. Initially inspired by the likes of Mono and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Krobak dares to experiment and adds flashes of progressive rock and even some dark jazz to their music.
There are four tracks on this album, each one being a highly versatile piece of slow but immersive music. In perfect post rock tradition, the songs alternate between calm passages and heavy riffing. Bands that come to mind include Russian Circles, Mogwai, Caspian,... but also some Dale Cooper, some Bohren, some Twin Peaks soundtrack music and even a touch of Morricone's atmospheric genius. Of course, since there is a violinist in this band, the whole thing gets an extra touch, something mysterious. Damn, I love that instrument.
That being said, a passage in 'So Quietly Falls the Night' even reminds me of My Dying Bride. This probably is my favorite song of the whole album, but as usual with this kind of music, I prefer to just press play and listen to the album in its entirety. In all 'Nightbound' is a stunning album, quite a daring one too. Krobak doesn't shun the experiment, they add influences from a range of styles, even some noise, and turn the whole thing into one mesmerizing experience. Definitely a recommended album.