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Review: Spaces – Nothing Exists But Atoms And The Void by Jayson
August 23, 2011, 9:05 am
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One of the dangers of a genre becoming codified is the potential for stagnation. Creating music inside of established parameters begs the question of ‘what are you going to do with this?’ So while I lead off with this it’s not like I’m setting up a thing where I call Spaces derivative. Part of what makes this interesting for me is how musicians answer that question.

So yeah, Spaces are playing within the relative confines of what we can pretty safely call post-rock. They have something of a Pelican-y vibe going. What is cool about their sound is that they’re adding to the sound of the overall post-rock canon. There’s almost a minimalist surf vibe at time, some really lush sounds that remind me a lot of the Mermen. As the album progresses there are also jazz and space-rock influenced bits. I especially like the multi-instrumental approach to all this. Everything sounds right, for a lack of a better way to put it. Listening to Nothing… reminds me of a liquor or wine tasting where you’re talking about hints and notes. Hints of jazz, some well-defined space-rock notes. It’s possible to do post-rock without the bombast and crescendo. Spaces are making that music. That’s how they’re answering the question.

Edge of Forever

Spaces bandcamp. 

– Jayson

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