Brandon E.L. Magnuson

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Silence's Post Rock List

Hey you! So your new to the beautiful genre of post rock? Well here are 20 albums you need to look into! And even if your not new to the genre, these records are essential, so get them. 1 album per artist.
Hymn To The Immortal Wind

Mono's opus takes the typical formula and times it by 1000. Massively beautiful.
2Year Of No Light

Year Of No Light throws out the usage of vocals and creates a record that basically is the definition of epic.
3Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To

I think that everyone has that one classic album that can't be explained; this is mine. While GY!BE's other
classic, F# A# , has a great concept that is made quite clear (the apocalypse) LYSFLATH has no theme to
go one, except the climatic title of the album itself. Each song except the finale, Antennas To Heaven,
contain just one word (Storm, Static, Sleep) and hold no massive and exploding build ups that could easily
fit into the new apocalyptic horror movie spin-off, 28 Seconds Later. The samples range from a Market Mall
broadcast to a old southern man singing about sticking his finger in a babies eye, and on paper this album
would probably be considered a weird, boring mess. Instead every note, sample or even simple sound fit
together in a heavenly fashion that I can only explain as the best album ever created. Do yourself a favor
and listen to the record through at least once and if by the last 8 minutes of Antennas To Heaven you
aren't in awe then you just weren't listening.
The Sea and the Bells

Though more on the classical side than post rock, The Sea And The Bells is one of the most mesmerizing
records you'll ever come across.
5Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

My 3rd favourite record of all time. Mark Hollis is my favourite vocalist.
6Sigur Ros
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7Mono / Worlds End Girlfriend
Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain

Two of post rock?s biggest geniuses have collaborated to create a soundtrack of indescribable bleakness
and beauty. The atmosphere is fragile, slow moving and subtle, only ever breaking out of its solacing
dreariness twice, once in the middle and as it builds up towards the end. Like a story the record plays,
being divided into five tracks which are more like chapters each keeping the same pace; track one creating
an atmosphere, track two building only slightly from the first while track three comes to swell and break
the silence, shattering the hope and gentleness set by the first two into a sense of depression and lose.
Track four is accompanied by a distant and haunting voice with a slight sway to pick up the pieces of the
devastation that has been brought by the third track and act as a bridge to one of the most beautiful
pieces of music ever written, the last track and the delicate and restrained yet glorious climax. Some
consider this to be a dark and depressive piece and I disagree, this is a record of hope, a record showing a
light in the dark, if you will. Mono and World?s End Girlfriend hone one of the most underrated attributes
in music, restraint, and produce one of the beautiful soundtracks that I have had the privilege of hearing.
8World's End Girlfriend
Hurtbreak Wonderland

One of my favorite modern composers, the guy is incredible. If you like this get The Lie Lay Land, Singing
Under The Rainbow and Ending Story. All powerful release.
9Do Make Say Think
You, You're a History in Rust

You, you are awesome.
With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards...

An album that feels like it was basically made for me. The vocals are brilliant. Incredibly moving.
11Gregor Samsa

Like a not as good version of Glissando, which makes its still awesome.
Radio Swan is Down

A fantastic underrated piece of post rock brilliance.

Believe the hype. Not entirely sure how this is considered post rock but, fuck it.
14This Is Your Captain Speaking

A bare, minimalist post rock near masterpiece.
15Yndi Halda
Enjoy Eternal Bliss

Though no where close to being as good as GY!BE, still fantastic enough to make it on the list.
16Russian Circles

Though not exactly a 'larger than life' record, which most of this list consists, it is still a fantastic piece of
post rock gold. Melee is such a breathtaking composition.
17Motohiro Nakashima
We Hum On The Way Home

Another piece that is a little more classical than post rock. Alot of instrumental music suffers from being
too cute. Artists like The Album Leaf, Explosions In The Sky etc. attempt to make "pretty" music but more
times then not instead of pulling on your heartstrokes they bring the zzz's and sometimes even bring up
your lunch. But with We Hum On The Way Home Japanese composer Motohiro Nakashima manages to
stay on the right side of cute. Mainly consisting of just piano, trumpet and acoustic guitar, this Jap
manages to make some of best neo classical music I've heard since Max Richter, and music thats perfect
for that picnic in park with your, probably unfaithful, lover.
18All the Empires of the World

Fuck, i have no idea how to describe this.
Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo

The ch-ch-chillest of post rock.
20Set Fire to Flames
Sings Reign Rebuilder

The atmosphere Set Fire to Flames create is like none other.
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