Slint Vinyl, CD & tapes by Slint at Norman Records
It's weird to think Slint were little babies when they made Spiderland. A band formed in their wee teens, it'd be fair to say the band wore heads on their shoulders, nascent experimentalists who wanted to dissect rock music and see what was lining its guts. Founded in the late '80s, they got to work at changing the game, delivering a sideways punk record called Tweez. It couldn't be more different from what people have come to know them as: rather than the expansive mumblecore post-rock of Spiderland, this record was an out-and-out attack on expectations showing the keen influence of math rock and post-hardcore -- loudness, jerking and stuttering.
And you know the rest: they made Spiderland, their second and final record, one with a deep well of ideas that stretched from existential spoken word to the musical queues of the movie Nosferatu. It outdid the genre it helps define: the dramatic dynamics of Spiderland were different from the post-rock out there, more abstracted and yet also more raw. A record of bleak brilliance, it showed the ways post-rock could go inwards, reaching for a shell to cover it rather than a climax to clamour to. For a band who only released two albums, they're remembered pretty fondly.