Lis Er Stille
The Collibro


4.5
superb

Review

by Motiv3 USER (8 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unique and compelling. The Collibro is one of the best unsung albums of this year so far.

To call Lis Er Stille post rock in a sense of the conventional post rock which has become familiar in the music scene in which they have been labelled with would not only be completely unfair but also completely unjust to their latest work The Collibro. Post Rock, rightly or wrongly has to some become somewhat of a stagnant genre. After the emergence of particular big name groups like Explosions in the Sky, a whole range of bands have come and gone sharing the same characteristics and trends of post rock to the point where it can be argued ideas in the genre have been continuously been recycled. Often long guitar lead build ups (not always however) accompanied with subtle ambience, with the inclusion of maybe piano or string instruments with perhaps the inclusion of quite subdued passages leading up to a climax often near the end of a song. This is not to say Lis Er Stille do not have build ups or even guitar passages, but many aspects of their song structures, compositions and inclusions of styles and elements in their music manage to step out of the realms of traditional and modern post rock. With the inclusions of other genres like progressive rock and experimental tendencies even to the rather loose comparison of Avant-Garde, Lis Er Stille have stepped away from the post rock conventions and have truly moulded an unique sound of their own.

One characteristic of Lis Er Stille’s sound is that it is often piano lead. The Guitar for a lot of the album takes the backseat to some absolutely breathtaking piano leads and melodies which create some of the best moments of the entire album. Songs like Recalling the Cover are an example of where Lis Er Stille take the post rock conventional influences but use them in an entirely different context, switching piano and guitar leads on a dime with such ease, precision and fluidity . There is no ‘climax’ in a sense that Yndi Halda could produce in overwhelming fashion rather there are several moments scattered across the album which are thrilling and that are spread out across the entire song structures. This leads to a more overall satisfying and fulfilling listen and not one which is just built up for the climax or having an overall soundscape like the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Not to say however that Lis Er Stille have gone for a more song structural and rigid approach. This may appeal to more disillusioned fans of Post Rock who are tired of the same conventions repeated over and over and even may surprise the more conventional post rock fan too.

What also seperates Lis Er Stille from the rest of modern post rock is the inclusion of other genres melded into the overall sound. There are several nods to prog rock and progressive music in the way in which Lis Er Stille have taken a rather different approach to post rock and rock music in genre but also experimental and vaguely, Avant-garde. In particular one of the best songs of the album The Real Children has a very chaotic ending which can be seen to have been influenced by Black Metal. Fast Tremolo pick riffing is accompanied with high falsetto’s and fast piano notes layered over the top. This is only a brief climax to a well built song which in theory sounds horrible, but somehow they pull it off and ends up being one of the highlights to a superb album.

More than other Post Rock bands, Vocals are used throughout the album and become a prominent part. The Flow from song to song is excellent, and is absent of any filler. The shorter songs are used to great effect to continue the flow of the album, becoming part of the whole package, often accompanied with more subdued, sombre and Baritone vocals. In the Seed is a beautifully string lead piece which is almost developed enough to be considered a song rather than an overlapping interlude which flows perfectly into the closing track, an example the albums overall flow and continuity.

Overall, this album is an unique experience, whilst there are definite similarities to the more average post rock, it succeeds in creating something unique and compelling. Send in the Scouts may just be one of the songs of the year, building from the beginning bass and Guitar riffs into a truly explosive song with layers of guitar, piano and electronica all brought together from around the 2 minute mark which may be where the album really begins to shine and come together. Definitely one of the best unsung albums of this year so far.



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Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hope this review has done the album justice. Was hard to review actually and get my thoughts together. Comments and constructive criticism appreciated.

Prolapse
July 2nd 2010


4370 Comments


Brilliant review. Was actually planning on reviewing this soon

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha i thought u was but after it fully clicking today, i couldnt help but write one. Thanks mate.

scissorlocked
July 2nd 2010


3511 Comments


I've been hearing so many things for these guys,and now this review

The real children video,was preety good,and they seem to have a unique atmosphere.

very curious for the album,which by the way I find impossible to find anywhere

Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

hmmm thats strange, i found it very easy to find. Will be buying this as well however.

Prolapse
July 2nd 2010


4370 Comments


if you're looking for really unpopular bands, search blogs.

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

3000 comments ftw. Anyways, what prolapse said and more people need to hear this album.

Prolapse
July 2nd 2010


4370 Comments


Yeah, seriously. This album had to grow on me a bit, but i loved Apathobvious from the first time i heard it

Powerban
July 2nd 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh. didn't see you reviewed this hollier.


powerban suggests albums and people are like, "w/e dawg. u just powerban".

what they don't know is the fact i will own them at post-rock and post-metal. i know my shit.

(gonna read the review now cause i just had to get over cum in pants and the fact i had no idea how to review this)

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah, i have to ty for the rec in your list otherwise i would of never heard this. Your description appealed to me and i took a chance by getting it. Glad i did.

Powerban
July 2nd 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait did you just say the real children's ending is black metalish? the whole album is darker than their earlier stuff, but saying that is going to bring in the wrong crowd and they'll be looking for some black metal when there isn't any. i agree with the whole trying to classify this band is hard to do, but black metal is not something they sound like. they mix prog and post-rock with a versatile voice.

jeff buckley, muse, explosions in the sky and mono just had a baby. listen to it, because it is good. (been saying this for a month or so)

this is purely what happens to a post-rock band that doesn't want to be post-rock. listen to the whole album and you will see.

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i said in the context of it instrumentally, there are some characteristics, the tremolo riff picking mainly and the chaotic ending. Musically it can be compared with black metal. That doesnt mean i think its black metal, and its one little part of the album that has similarities with another genre. Its basically to show that this album is far from just 'another post rock' album.

Powerban
July 2nd 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i know what you're saying. i just don't want some total bm faggot coming in to your review and saying something about it.

i think you should say something about more of an influence as to what it sounds like. i'm not trying to attack your review. just imagine the bm guys seeing that and getting the wrong opinion though.

i'll pos.

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah i know what u mean, ill change it a lil. Thanks.

Prolapse
July 2nd 2010


4370 Comments


Oh, it was you who made that list. I am indebted to you Powerban

Powerban
July 2nd 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i should make more lists. check out my last post-metal one if you want some obscure stuff.

reminds me, i was meant to suggest some bands for relinquished's epic post-metal list. oops, been busy.

NeutralThunder12
July 2nd 2010


8742 Comments


nice job Hollier, besides using the word inclusion five thousand times, it was a great review, probably your best yet. I should check this out

Motiv3
July 2nd 2010


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

haha i know, i have trouble with word variation :P thanks mate.

NeutralThunder12
July 2nd 2010


8742 Comments


What also seperates Lis Er Stille from the rest of modern post rock is the INCLUSION

This review is more repetitive than a Breaking Benjamin album :p

just kidding

Powerban
July 2nd 2010


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you listen to this whole album in full, you won't call it post-rock. you also can't call it anything else. it really depends on what you like the most from it as to what you think it is.



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