Why? Well, I love post rock, a lot of people do. However, the scene seems to overload with quite similar atmospheric pieces of music. Most of them are ok to awesome but once in awhile a fan can do with something a little different, and that's where bands like Mindedge come in. At least, on this album they do. Yes, I'm finally going to write something about the album, rejoice. Fact is, this is a breath of fresh air, well, it is for me.
The album opens with the quite noisy song 'Tesla', which seems to immediately kick off with the noise rock influences. This isn't just post rock, this is a jam session by a bunch of friends having fun in the rehearsal room. 'Unmeisen' eventually comes up with the vintage soundscapes and the gentle build-up, placing Mindsedge back in the world of post rock. Yet, there's a decent sense of minimalism which reminds me of another band I like a lot, Alice In The Cities. Although Mindsedge is a lot heavier at times, there's still this nice feeling of "we don't have to overcomplexify the whole thing, let's just have fun".
No, I don't think 'overcomplexify' is a word either.
The album continues in this joyful manner, here and there showing influences from stoner rock, more noise rock and even hints of jazz. Bands that come to mind include Monkey3, A Place To Bury Strangers, Sonic Youth, Deftones, Russian Circles, Rosetta, even Pink Floyd and Primus. So yeah, there's a lot more going on here, and there will be even more as well. Somehow, throughout the album, the songs seem to gain more momentum, a more immersive nature. 'Snowstorm' already shows a bit of that side of Mindesdge but it is 'Pathways' that forms the absolute highlight of the album.
'Pathways' starts gently, borrows the build op from traditional post rock and suddenly turns into a blast that will undoubtedly blow the roof off of some venues. That being said, I know I'm writing about post rock a lot in this review, but you might include post metal as well since it's basically the same these days. 'Vipassana' is another awesome track and so is closer 'Shades'. Oh well, you guessed it, this whole album is an inspiring piece of work, something a little different but just as enjoyable as all those huge bands you listen to, if not more. I like different, and I definitely like this.
(right, now let's start hoping this review will effectively get these guys on some festivals....)