I’d say that post-rock is definitely one of the more difficult genres to stand out in. Although plenty of bands succeed in creating a worthwhile representation of the style, you would often be hard-pressed to remember any of their material. Potentially great music, just not quite memorable enough. Today, I’m here to turn your ear on to Loraine, a band out of Atlanta that just released their first EP, entitled An Autumn Evening. Although the group, with just over 2,000 likes on Facebook, is still fairly underground, this five-track EP is a product that deserves a much wider audience. Every note is played with great emotion, every song is a perfect transition from the last, and every moment listening is spent in blissful reverence. Strong words to start out with, I know, but post-rock seems to have a way of calming your mind and bringing out the more sentimental thoughts. The point is that it’s clear this is a band that has connected with their music on an deep and impassioned level.
Now before I continue any further, I’d first like to say that the album artwork (pictured above) is an absolutely stunning work of art done by modern impressionistic artist Leonid Afremov. It also happens to go beautifully with the design of my website, so major brownie points for that. Now, to business. A few weeks ago, I posted about the new album from the band Swans, which also has post-rock tendencies. While that album focuses on the darker, more “noise”-oriented side of the genre, Loraine brings a much more ambient and melodic sound to the table.
An Autumn Evening is a shining example of simplicity at its best. The same universal principles of the post-rock movement apply here. This EP is akin more to a sonic experience than simply a collection of songs. It literally kicks off with a bang (the first song is named “…Kablooie”), but what comes after can only be described as a period of trance-inducing musical relaxation. The music is extremely raw and unpolished, but not in the pejorative sense. Instead, it makes for a remarkably sincere emotional connection between man and music. This is not just music for the ears, but music for the soul. Completely indescribable, but absolutely staggering.
“After Everything, More Than Anything,” as the first step along this journey, sets the tone for the rest of the experience, and it certainly does not disappoint. The song starts small, with just a single guitar and bass. The layers slowly begin to build upon each other in that familiar, post-rock way, and we reach the climax when the distorted guitar comes in to fill up the sound field. With four guitarists and a drummer, the orchestrations created by this five-piece band are texturally rich, and provide tremendous depth for the listening experience.
As I mentioned earlier, perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks with this style of music is that it’s hard to create something that is memorable. There certainly aren’t any catchy hooks or choruses, or anything of the sort (nor should there be). Loraine has managed to solve this dilemma, however. As a matter of fact, their music is practically made up of a constant flow of brilliantly melodic sections. These sections are similar enough to keep the musical atmosphere consistent and to allow for seamless transitioning, but each one is a distinct segment that builds upon the last. Another way to describe it would be to say that each section is unique and adds its own flavor, but is also dependent upon the previous section, and a prerequisite for the following one. This makes An Autumn Evening into a brilliantly fluid record.
As we celebrate what we’re thankful for this holiday season, let us remember the importance of music in our lives. Without it, the world would surely be a much drearier place. Loraine’s music is a prime example of how liberating this form of creative expression can be. You can find their album for sale on their website, so please consider supporting the artist and, by extension, the constantly evolving music scene. Man’s passion for the art of making music is truly liberating, and it plays a huge part in establishing each of our own identities, both as music makers and as music lovers. And with those final thoughts, I will leave you to enjoy the holidays, and I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving!