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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.
1Mono
Hymn To The Immortal Wind


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


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.
4Rachel's
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
( )


Obv.
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.
10Glissando
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
Rest


Like a not as good version of Glissando, which makes its still awesome.
12Laura
Radio Swan is Down


A fantastic underrated piece of post rock brilliance.
13Slint
Spiderland


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


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
Geneva


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
Blessings


Fuck, i have no idea how to describe this.
19Hammock
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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