Go March are a new trio who mix guitars and drums with synthesisers, ending up with a furiously textured mass of post-rockish jams. The powerful electronic aspect of Go March sets the band apart from most of the post-rock genre though, which is very welcome. Throbbing, technoish rhythms help with that too. Released on Unday Records.
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Instrumental trio Go March employ the whole “it’s scarier if you don’t see it” shtick but don’t scare us and make a good record instead. This lurching, seething record is so devoid of epic moments that it ends up chilling me out. Opening on the modest wing and adequate prayer of “The Ship of Bambi”, the band play a subtly oscillating riff and contented buzzsaw synth that recalls HEALTH if they were doing a way, way less intense version of “Die Slow”; the song’s climax is calculated and meticulous, adding small melodic moments rather than reaching immediately for bluster.
This feeling continues into the small IDM musings of “Rise”, whose electronics would nicely score a sped-up game of pong; harder beats crash in here, while brief, psychedelic riffs bring on the fantastical but rather cosy adventure. Even at its most intense and unpredictable (like, who’s just throwing in a math rock riff and Colin Stets-esque noise blast on “Like A Record”?), this record feels comfortable, containing its epic ideas rather than unleashing them.
And honestly, it’s just so great hearing a record this well considered; you might call it the practice of Krautrock at times, the way they let their songwriting unfold but never stray from its original point of view (take “Lighthouse”, whose riffs you can always trace back to the beginning, walking back through the rhythm). It makes me feel weirdly at home, this slice of nearly-melodramatic psych. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.
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