A post-rock band with a bit of the Don Caballero in them (literally and figuratively), Broughton's Rules are ready to unleash their second record of emotive guitar signalling and climactic skyscraping. 'Anechoic Horizon' is a purely instrumental work that evokes the genre's blank and beautiful heydays. Post-rock, I want to believe.
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Post-rock as riffage, instrumentals as temper tantrums; this is what ‘Anechoic Horizon’ offers. A supergroup of stargazers including Don Caballero alumnus Jeff Ellsworth, as well as members of Blunderbuss, it would be preposterous to expect them to point their guitars any other way than downward. There’s not much in the way of celestial prettiness left in tatters by older post-rock bands -- instead, they sound pissed off and let loose on grunge, like they’re tentatively walking down basement stairs.
‘Anechoic Horizon’ goes at its own pace, working on an internal logic that feels influenced by the freewheeling but strict science of Don Cab and math rock love. The band stagnate on dirtied guitars and drums so potent they feel influenced by industrial, and even permit total collapses, such as the beautifully lethargic free-fall of “Insanity Dance”. But they’re always brought back on the upswing, roused into dynamic riff interchanges that crest and peak, doing beautiful things and refusing to let them linger. The juxtaposition makes for an unsettling record of peculiar loose ends -- on “The Fields of None”, palm-muted chords are inter-spliced with foggy ambience and razor-sharp harmonics before doomy riffs take the lead. It’s a strange collection of differently intense sounds, each carried on their own wind channels. ‘Anechoic Horizon’ is the only place you’ll hear them all meet.
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