pg.lost
Key


3.5
great

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
May 4th, 2012 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No longer the genre's ugly duckling, pg.lost finally shows what it's made of with its third record, "Key."

Swedish post-rock outfit, pg.lost, always seems to get put on the back burner in the world of instrumental music. Despite being consistently passable, it’s not difficult to see why the group always escapes the collective consciousness in favor of other more well-known bands. With its common usage of builds and crescendos, and often trite attempts at profundity, pg.lost can easily be thrown in with the “post-Explosions in the Sky” conglomerate. Well, that was until its latest outing, Key, which sees the band lose some of the derivative baggage in exchange for a much more amiable sense of individuality.

Okay, well the band hasn’t quite shed off every inspiration. Yet instead of sucking off the teat of every twinkle laden post-rock band out there, pg.lost has instead decided to add a little more rock into its sound. One can hear Russian Circles, Form and Fate, and The Evpatoria Report rear their heads when things start to get a bit heavier. It’s a welcome change of pace from a band that had previously relied too heavily on the over dramatization of its music. “Terrain” is a prime example of the band’s revitalized sense of songwriting. Retaining the more beautiful aspects of its sound, pg.lost adds the aforementioned dense instrumentation with panache and skill. Like much of Key, the song is very driven, with the percussion playing a large role in keeping a deliberate pace. But the true heavyweight comes in the form of the album’s closer, “Weaver.” “Weaver” is surprisingly very different from the rest of the record, as it lacks the overall focus of each of the other tunes. However, what it lacks in focus it makes up for with great atmosphere and stunning songwriting. Haunting keys and guitar paint a sense of urgency as the song goes through multiple transitions until its cathartic and breathtaking release. “Weaver” feels as if pg.lost has finally realized its desired sound, only after moving on to greener pastures.

Key isn’t the perfect record, nor is it an album to bring the genre’s detractors into the fold. Despite having some new ideas, they aren’t really all that original out of context, just new to the band. As a cohesive package, however, the album succeeds in offering up a wonderfully produced and lovingly written batch of songs. Key is the album pg.lost needed to make, and it’s great to see a band so fully capable finally reach its potential.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


So over a month ago I told Deviant. that I wasn't going to review this but then I liked it so then I reviewed it. So apparently Deviant. is always right in regards to what i review.

The End.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


oh holy shit my 150th

FelixCulpa
May 4th 2012


1240 Comments


Yeah I just saw you had 150 reviews so congrats Xeno! Nice use of "Deviant." Totatly threw me of at first until I got it was intentional, lol.

Rev
May 4th 2012


9436 Comments


I need more "less typical" post rock albums to listen to

I'll check this out

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


Take less typical very, very lightly. This less typical in the context that this band has always.been painfully average. Yeah it sounds new, but not in regards to the genre, just for them.

Rev
May 4th 2012


9436 Comments


No, I can guess that this sounds like post-TEINACDPcore


I mean as far as typical bands goes, not the typical generic sound

alachlahol
May 4th 2012


7501 Comments


like this band --- good use of loud and soft dynamics

alachlahol
May 4th 2012


7501 Comments


xenophanes fuck off this bands first album was not painfully average... unlike this review hahahahahaa

alachlahol
May 4th 2012


7501 Comments


just jokin man review is cool

Poet
May 4th 2012


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the perfect music to study to though.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


xenophanes fuck off this bands first album was not painfully average... unlike this review hahahahahaa


Yeah I realize the band's first album gets mad praise--not only from sputnik but from everywhere--but I just found it to be passable (I think I have it at a 3). And yeah I'll agree that they do make good use of loud and soft but hell a volume button can do that too (jk). Personally find that a lot of bands do the loud/soft thing well, but not many actually have captivating music to go with it.

Tyrael
May 4th 2012


20899 Comments


holy shit alach sighting

stellar review my friend, I'm jealous of your godlike writing skills

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


"i kind of hate post rock these days"


despite my retardedly large post-rock pie slice I can somewhat agree with this


Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


"Mono/World's End Girlfriend, Rachel's"

That's what pops up under mine lol

Jethro42
May 4th 2012


12478 Comments


Happy 150th, Xeno!

DoubtGin
May 4th 2012


6752 Comments


their worst but still better than your average post-rock album

Dimor
May 4th 2012


1779 Comments


Heard a bit of this a while ago and it was pretty good. And a 3.5 is still worth checking out i guess.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 4th 2012


10611 Comments


"Happy 150th, Xeno!"


Thanks Jethro : 3

Good to see you


minty901
May 4th 2012


2067 Comments


good review. i gave it a 4 in my review but since then 3.5 has felt more right.

Sanders
May 4th 2012


2353 Comments


"Explosions in the Sky Every Fucking Record That This Band Has Made"


SOLD



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