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Soundtrack of Life: Post-Rock

Post-Rock is this amazing sub-genre of rock where the songs are often more than 7 minutes long, and there are (usually) no vocals. The best way I can describe it is ‘Instrumental rock music with each song a composition and a story in itself. There is no need for words, as the music evokes all the emotions.’

I came across this music all by chance, as I was browsing this page, which is wonderful for introducing yourself to new music. The very first song I listened to was ‘Your hand in mine – Explosions in the Sky’. I must confess, the first time I played it, I played it through the laptop speakers – needless to say, I wasn’t very impressed. Shortly after though, I decided I’d give it a second go, and put on my headphones. I was blown away. Honestly, there is no way to describe what went on in my mind in those moments. I had never heard this song before, but listening to it properly for the first time brought me to many places in my mind, unlocked many memories, and stirred up a whirlwind of emotions like few songs had done before.

It was at that moment I felt a connection to that song – it moved my soul. Similar to being on a motorcycle, this was something beyond expression – it was just a feeling, but a strong, primal undercurrent, coursing through my veins.

That was one year ago, and I have since discovered a handful of bands which I listen to almost on a daily basis. The amazing thing about their music is that it can be played in almost any situation, and it can evoke different emotions depending on the setting. I’ve listened to post-rock while working out, while driving, while riding, while writing, while hiking; the one similarity the bands have is that their compositions have the ability to draw you into the moment, regardless of where you are.

After discovering this music, I often found myself with my headphones on listening to these songs, time just ticking away into the night. Of course, it does help if you have a good set of headphones which bring the sounds to life – but that’s another topic for another day.

For me, one of my favourite things to do is having this music playing while out riding my motorcycle at night, just cruising the empty roads with this in my head, letting my mind wander – the combination of this music freeing my mind, while the motorcycle frees my body – it’s pure magic, a unique experience like no other I’ve come across so far.

Everything in the world feels right in those moments; these are the some of the soundtracks of life.

In this vein, I’d like to introduce you to some of my favourite bands. Please follow the links to my favourite album of that band and give it a listen! And definitely support the bands if you like them.

I’m going to the MONO concert in December, so you can expect a post on that after I’ve gone.

Explosions in the Sky – The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
MONO – Hymn To The Immortal Wind
This Will Destroy You – Self Titled
Sugar Plum Ferry – 金光之鄉
God Is An Astronaut – All is Violent, All is Bright
Mooncake – Lagrange Points

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Soundtrack of Life

I’ve always wanted to write a piece on music. But I think this won’t be that piece. But it might turn into that piece. Or it might start off sounding like that piece, and I’ll stop myself. Anyway…

I’d like to introduce Soundtrack of Life, a series where both myself and road5ter will use as a space to both introduce, discuss, and review music. As such, these pieces will revolve around music that we currently listen to (or used to listen to).

Music has a special place in a lot of people’s lives, often because it’s closely related to mood and personality (I have no scientific sources or references to back this up, but I’m sure a lot of people will agree with me!). Especially because I think we go through phases of liking a specific genre – and it’ll forever be imprinted deep inside as a bookmark of that period of your life. And sometimes, you’ll hear a song; you’ll close your eyes (or see, in your mind) and be taken away to a time when that song was your favourite; bringing back the happiness, sadness, pain, triumphs, tastes, smells, and feelings that are attached to it.

I’ll always remember the way my primary school science teacher broke it down to us; music, or more specifically, the sound an instrument makes, is actually by definition ‘noise’. It just happens this noise is pleasant to us, and thus, we put it together and make patterns from it, which are compositions and songs. But music has changed peoples’ lives, and the fact music can be made from anything is remarkable. You have people playing buckets, and you have people playing saxophones. As long as it makes a sound, it can be music.

And because music is such a subjective experience, I fully recognise that what I like will not be what everyone else likes; and vice versa – and to that, I urge you, dear readers, to keep an open mind because it is a shame to go through life trying new things, when there is just so much variety in this world of ours.

To this end, I’d like to say that if you guys have any recommendations for us, then please comment below and introduce us to your world of music!

Welcome to the Soundtrack of Life.

Feature photo credits: Wikipedia – MONO