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Storm Static Sleep: A Pathway Through Post Rock

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Storm Static Sleep: A Pathway Through Post-Rock is the first publication dedicated to the story of post-rock music. As grunge and britpop ruled the airwaves in the early 90s, post-rock was a vital jolt of innovation for a world sleepwalking back towards rock tradition. Now, more than twenty years on, post-rock's mark on the cultural landscape is significant. Dedicated post ...more
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published December 4th 2015 by Function Books (first published November 30th 2015)
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Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have mixed feelings about this one. Not because I disagree with the content or I'm being all indie-schmindie music snob. Completely the opposite. As a walk through of a form of music I enjoy but know I have a lot to learn about, this is a great start. The book begins with the possible roots of the genre with Talk Talk's "Laughing Stock" and nods to any of the music from the 60s onwards that might have played a part in its inception. We then meander through the early experimental days of Pram, ...more
Javier Alemán
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sí, el post-rock necesitaba libro intensito y ya lo tiene.

Pero más allá de ese título acertadísimo y de una portada que podría serlo también de algún disco de Envy o de Explosions in the Sky, este Storm Static Sleep de Jack Chuter es lo más parecido que uno puede encontrar a un tratado sobre el género. Una Biblia exhaustiva, un máster sobre el post-rock, con esa misma naturaleza transitoria y limítrofe que tiene el estilo.

El trabajo informativo que hay aquí es colosal. Partiendo del crítico musi
Probably the best book about post-rock you can get?

Pathways through post-rock is a book with some obvious strengths and weaknesses.

Jack Chuter is a very good writer about music. He made me want to listen to albums again, carefully. He brings up some things I've never thought about before, like the emotional ambiguity in some slint songs. (Eg. is Breadcrumb Trail a happy or sad song? The story seems upbeat enough, but the music undercuts it. Are the vertiginous, aggressive parts of the music just
Joe Richards
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty definitive look at a specific pathway through the ever-evolving and thus largely indefinable world of post-rock. The author's passion for the music is tangible, so much so that he rarely has a bad thing to say about the groups in question or the culture that surrounds them (and why should he?)

He writes from a clearly musical background, at an intelligent but easily comprehensible level that non-players can also appreciate; he frequently gushes about particular structural, melodic and r
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From interview with Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
"How would you describe your music?" Visser asked at one point. "That's not our role," the band replied. "That's what music journalists are supposed to do."

From interview with Cult of Luna:
"Since music 'journalists' do not seek the truth but just repeat what you say, I wondered how much I could lie and get away with. And it turned out that I could get away with a whole lot."

I read this because I am a fan of Slint, Tortoise, and Godspeed You! Black
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Works as an expansion of Jeanette Leech's book on Post Rock, Fearless, though this book came out first. Where Leech's book more or less ends with Explosions in the Sky's emergence, this one is more concerned with addressing what came after this. Leech's book can be detailed to an almost absurd degree (there's about 50 pages before even AR Kane is mentioned, another 25+ until Talk Talk, etc.), while this is more about giving a mini-bio to various major players in the genre. How much you enjoy eit ...more
Covers a LOT of ground, so frustratingly light on detail in parts. But otherwise, a good overview of the genre
Dean Wilcox
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I waited for a book on post-rock for ages. As a first shot this one is ok - covers basic Bark Psychosis, Talk Talk, Slint and Tortoise foundation. The research was fine and the writing ok, but skimps on analysis as the book progresses inevitably skipping from band to band toward the end. Not my favorite read on music, but a solid introduction.
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