Tracer AMC – Flux & Form – Bullit Magazine Review

Bullit Magazine, Anthony Dhanendran

By its nature, post-rock is a difficult beast to explain: ‘Well, it’s kind of, layered, multi-textured, orchestral, transcendental’ What’s that? No, there aren’t any vocals, not as such. No, come back, it’s good! It’s all in the progression of the sound, from the humble beginnings of a few notes picked out on a fairly normal-sounding guitar, to the crescendo, when a cathedral of noise, which has been painstakingly built up over several minutes, is hoisted and ceremoniously dropped over the head of the listener.

Temperamentally, ‘Flux And Form’ is a bit happier than your average post-rock album. At least, it is on the surface. Bubbling beneath the waves on several of the tracks are the dark underpinnings of something altogether deeper and more meaningful. On the first listen, Tracer AMC sound just a bit too simplistic, as though they’re merely a standard rock band who’ve forgotten to put the vocal tracks into the final mix. But, and such is the essence of instrumental music, repeated listens will uncover more going on. With more emphasis on standard rock instruments, and less on found noises and glitch sonics, this might be a good introduction for a newcomer to the genre.

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