Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Keser - Esoteric Escape


Had to include a picture of the band chillin' with Martin, Dominic & Barry of Mogwai

Keser hails from Scotland, and you can tell that almost immediately from listening to their debut release “Esoteric Escape.” A one-sentence review of this album would be that it sounds like Slint or My Bloody Valentine playing a group of songs by the likes of Boards of Canada and Of Montreal. The two-piece band, comprised of Kevan Whitly (guitar & electronics) and David Reid (bass), manage to pull off a sound that at times reminds me of Air (“Lost for Days”), and Aphex Twin (“4_Cycles”), with slightly more pronounced guitar riffs.

While much of the album does not contain vocals, in keeping with most post-rock (Scottish) outfits, when there are passages with vocals they blend in nicely and add to the overall mood of the music.

Overall the album is more than just an interesting listen throughout, as Keser manage to make shoe-gazer style music in a mostly electronic/keyboard driven medium. The album is definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for some electronica-fed post-rock!


Essential Tracks:
In the Next Beginning
4_Cycles

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4 Comments:

Blogger defendallston said...

dude, everyone in that pic is wicked hot.

9:45 PM  
Blogger iworkatinitech said...

I never realized how good your taste is! Keser & the 'gwai rock!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Micky67 said...

and Martin (the drummer) is wearing a cracking Celtic hat

1:27 PM  
Blogger iworkatinitech said...

I love how he's always sporting the scarf on his kit at the shows! Plus the whole can someone please tape the Celtic game for us because we're going to be on-stage in Germany during the Championship match! Classic! I wish we could get those games in the 'states!

8:07 PM  

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