Hurry Up, Brothers
All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive..


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
May 30th, 2021 | 15 replies


Release Date: 05/28/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All is beautiful, indeed

Can purely instrumental post-rock be political? Absolutely - just check out any Godspeed You! Black Emperor record. However, no one ever said it's an easy feat to accomplish. Crafting an atmosphere capable of inspiring change - whether it's via one individual or on a much broader scale - requires the artist to move the listener through music alone. On Hurry Up, Brothers' debut record, All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive. I'm Okay to Die., their aim is clearly to elicit such a reaction. One look at the artwork, which features protesters marching with a banner that reads "we won't fight any rich man's war", gives away any possible subtlety surrounding their motives. Thus, the question becomes less about whether or not listeners will spontaneously become politically motivated by the album, it's about if All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive. I'm Okay to Die. does enough to live up to its lofty ambitions and galvanizing imagery.

Your answer to that question may depend on how you view the overlap between personal and political. The instrumental tones here are light and graceful, resulting in an uplifting sensation that is more life-affirming than it is buried in political turmoil. It feels like the soundtrack to arriving on shore after weeks spent battling mother nature's wrath on the open sea; how that metaphor could be applied to any of us in 2021 is all too easy to imagine. The overarching atmosphere - admittedly comprised of your typical post-rock ingredients ranging from tremolo picking to avalanching drums/breathtaking crescendos - is one of triumphing over adversity. Across most of the album's runtime, we're treated to these picturesque, spine-tingling sensory immersions that aren't inherently political, but feel right at home as we begin to shed our masks while witnessing glimmers of light emanating from what we can only hope is the end of a worldwide pandemic.

See how easy it is to conflate the personal and political? Spirited and optimistic post-rock does not automatically equate to overcoming a pandemic, yet it's all too easy to connect those dots. Honestly, this might be the best kind of "political" record because it doesn't preach, it inspires. All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive. I'm Okay to Die. could be about humanity overcoming COVID-19, or it could be about a nation moving on from one of its most controversial and divisive leaders, or it could be about none of that at all - just someone laying on the grass, staring up at the sky, and taking in the beauty of the whole universe. So, sure - All is Beautiful. I'm Okay to be Alive. I'm Okay to Die. is a political record. As it would turn out, it's also so much more.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
May 30th 2021


38102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno. This is nice, listen to it maybe.

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2021


37786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Two tracks in and this sounds more like Explosions in the Sky than Explosions in the Sky hm

Digging: ZOC - PvP

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 30th 2021


38102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty much lmao. This is uplifting twinkly and glistening. No wonder I like it so much.

jcurry094
May 30th 2021


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is exactly what I've wanted [instrumental] post rock to be for a long time now. Great record.

Ashtiel
May 31st 2021


1177 Comments


it's kinda wild as hell you found this b/c i randomly posted it on indieheads after finding it on HeavyBlogIsHeavy's release roundup for the week.
im gonna try to get around to it, nonetheless

someone
May 31st 2021


3156 Comments


The World is a Beautiful Place and I'm Okay to be Alive

SowingSeason
Moderator
May 31st 2021


38102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Ashtiel r/indieheads is how I found it

Slex
May 31st 2021


11499 Comments


My FB friend is in love w this, excited to check

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WatchItExplode
June 1st 2021


8907 Comments


Thank you for that wonderful first sentence clearly letting me know not to bother with this.

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zaruyache
June 2nd 2021


24096 Comments


fine i will listen to the post rocks band

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2021


2414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really well-executed "twinkly" post-rock. Maybe a failure of imagination on my part, but really getting no "political" vibe from this beyond the images on the album cover, just satisfyingly gorgeous soundscapes that function well as background music when I'm working.

Pikazilla
June 2nd 2021


17085 Comments


I don't like Explosions in the Sky, so will avoid like the plague

thecheatisnotdead
June 2nd 2021


1083 Comments


"Can purely instrumental post-rock be political? Absolutely - just check out any Godspeed You! Black Emperor record."

Iunno about this, I feel like all the spoken-word/"field recording" pieces and passages of GY!BE really inform the rest (unless I've just plain misunderstood what you meant by "purely instrumental post-rock").

I mean, I'm a sucker for this stuff, so still gonna check this out regardless.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2021


37786 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like that's 75% of the story and the other 25% is echoes from a punk edge on godspeed's sound that is absolutely absent here. anything can be political but maybe innocuous background muzak is less predisposed than most things. the artwork is to this album what that greta thunberg feature is to the 1975.

"I don't like Explosions in the Sky, so will avoid like the plague"

pikajam plz

zaruyache
June 3rd 2021


24096 Comments


this is not explosions this is good



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