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If you’ve been following this blog a while, it’s likely that you have noticed I’m a bit of a fan of the post rock genre, and I get pretty excited when I discover any Australian bands that can fit into this category. Around this time last year, a lovely four piece from Adelaide was brought to my attention and their album quickly became one of the highest played in my library. Now Steering by Stars are back with a new single, ‘Collision’ from their upcoming second album that will hopefully be released early next year. Compared to previous tracks, vocals are more predominant here but musically they’re still very atmospheric. I’m very happy to be hearing more from these guys and already can’t wait for the album to come out.

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I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, that an album by The Dead Sea had somehow made it onto my hard drive. I’m still at a loss as to how I got it (I suspect I somehow came across their bandcamp site and saw they had a free download…), but stoked the I took the time to listen to it. If you know me, you know I love my post rock. And I get even more excited when I come across and Australian post rock band. If we’re comparing post rock styles, these guys would probably be most closely linked to Mogwai, except there’s a bit more vocals and a bit more electronica. Definitely worth checking out if you love the genre.

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It’s easy to rave on about how there aren’t enough ‘post rock’ bands in this world (however you may choose to define that genre…). Or that it is a genre that takes a bit of guts to take on because it really isn’t commercially viable. And it’s easy to say that Steering by Stars are Australia’s answer to Explosions in the Sky. It’s really so easy to break down this record into something simple and compare it to things others have done before, or to focus on the genre rather than the actual music. Cables is a really unique Australian record from Adelaide quartet Steering by Stars. It’s gorgeously engaging and captures the emotion of each track beautiful taking the listener from bittersweet feelings one moment to an uplifting and soaring crescendos of emotions the next.

The album was recorded over three days, giving is a natural and raw sound, almost like a live performance. This works perfectly for Steering by Stars who has managed to take a pretty standard post rock sound and make it their own. ‘Gloom’ features classical piano and ‘Ether’ almost borders on indie rock. Vocals are rare on the album, and when they are there they are sparse and barely discernable. The album is extremely cohesive and works beautifully as a whole. Cables is a mixture of slower, ambient pieces and more frantic up-beat tracks such as ‘These Knives’ and ‘Spirits’. This provides dips and peaks to the album, constantly moving it forward.

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