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The Definitive Post-Rock List

I've decided to compile a list of what I think are essential listens within the post-rock genre. They are listed from most influential/popular to lesser known/newcomers. In the deions are a short sub-genre as well as the next best albums, in order from best to least best. Hopefully this list helps some of you guys looking to get into post rock, or looking to expand your libraries. Be sure to check out Appendix A: Overlooked/Unknown Post-Rock (://
1Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada

The heavy hitter of the post-rock world. Godpseed brings together dark
tones with sweeping ambiance and creepy soundscapes. Recommended next:
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, Yanqui U.X.O

Way ahead of their time, Slint brought dark poetry together with now what is
known as post-rock music to form a masterpiece within the genre.
next: Slint EP
3Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

Another one of the founders of the genre, Talk Talk uses epic buildups and
climaxes to draw the listener into a world painted by the music. Lyrics also
accompany many of the songs. Recommended next: Spirit of Eden

The debut from this post rock band in 1994 shaped the next wave of post-rock.
Combining various genres within typical post-rock
next: Millions Living Now Will Never Die, TNT
Hymn to the Immortal Wind

Perfecting their signature post-2000 traditional post-rock sound, Mono uses
to end on mind-crushing climaxes. Recommended next: You Are There, One
More and you
Die, Under the Pipal Tree, Walking Cloud and Deep Redy Sky, Flag Fluttered...
6 Sigur Ros
?g?tis Byrjun

Combining the made up Hopelandic vocals with lush ambient sounds, Sigur Ros
one of
the most well known and revered names in the post-rock world. Recommended
Takk, me? su? ? eyrum vi? spilum endalaust
7Do Make Say Think
Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is De

Similar to heavyweights Godspeed, Do Make Say Think take post-rock with a
darkened edge. Recommended next: You, You're in a History of Rust, Winter
Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Young Team

Another huge name in the post-rock world, Mogwai are credited with creating
epic buildups and climaxes seen with many post-rock bands today such as
Mono and
Explosions in the Sky. Recommended next: Happy Songs for Happy People, The,
Hawk is Howling
9Red Sparowes
The Fear Is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Ans

Taking notes from the world of post-metal, Red Sparowes brought together the
quite nature of post-rock and smashed it together with the sludgy nature of
post-metal. Recommended next: Every Red Heart Shines Toward The Red..., At The Soundless Dawn
10Explosions in the Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

Explosions built off the quite and ambient sounds of post-rock to build a
beautiful piece of music that is heralded within all post-rock communities.
Recommended next: All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
11God is an Astronaut
The end of the Beginning

God is an Astronaut introduced electronic sounds to traditional post-rock music
to create an interesting blend of electronic and post music. Recommended next:
All Is Violent, All Is Bright
12Yndi Halda
Enjoy Eternal Bliss

Yndi Halda gathers all of the best parts from their influences to great overly
epic pieces of music.
13 Pelican
Ephemeral EP

Borrowing from bands such as Red Sparowes and Mogwai, Pelican crafts post-
and post-rock better than all of the other imitators. Recommended next:
Austeralasia, The Fire in our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, City of Echoes
14Mono / Worlds End Girlfriend
Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain

A one man Japanese project, World's End Girlfriend uses electronic noises and
buildups to create some of the most hauntingly beautiful music in the post-
Recommended next: Dream's End Come True, Hurtbreak Wonderland
15Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
He Has Left Us Alone...

Compared largely to Godspeed (Mike Moya of Godspeed is in the band), A Silver
Mount Zion uses dark ambiance and lyrics to make chillingly great music.
Recommended next: Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly, Kollaps Tradixionales,
Horses in
the Sky, 13 Blues, This is Our Punk Rock
16Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports

The master of ambient music, Brian Eno makes music that is meant to be half
listened to. Recommended next: Ambient 2, 3, 4, Another Green World, (Many
Not for Want of Trying

Uses the base built by God is an Astronaut and 65daysofstatic, Maybeshewill
brings together electronic music and post-rock in a great way. Recommended
Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony
18Russian Circles

Russian Circles makes interesting instrumental music with post-rock ideas.
Recommended next: Geneva, Station
Tales Of The Inexpressible

Post-rock inspired by the great blue ocean. Recommended next: Nothing
Lasts....But Nothing is Lost
Inventions For The New Season

Maserati creates beautiful ambient post rock that will impress any post-rock fan.
Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo

Hammock are an extension of the typical post-rock formula, composing long
beautiful songs. Recommended next: Kenotic, Maybe They Will Sing For us
Stranded Under Endless Sky

Hailed as the American Sigur Ros, Kyte lives up to this name by creating
beautiful music
with elegant lyrics.
23Dirty Three
Ocean Songs

Just as the name implies this three piece puts forth gripping and intricate post-
usually based around a central theme. The violin work is most prominent in
their music, but
the drumming and guitars both add to epic soundscapes. Recommended next:
Horse Stories,
Whatever You Love, You Are
24Sparrows Swarm and Sing
Untitled #2

Like Godspeed's little brother, Sparrows call upon ominous samples and drawn
melodies that come to crushing climaxes.
25Gregor Samsa

A one man post rock project that consistently puts out simple and somber
compositions like
this short EP. Recommended next: 55:12
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