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Post Harbor

Post Harbor: They can't hurt you if you don't believe in them.They can't hurt you if you don't believe in them. (2010)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Ignore the dubious title, and Post Harbor's They can't hurt you if you don't believe in them. reveals itself as a monolithic, spacey pleasure in the vein of Mogwai's post-rock mixed with Silversun Pickups' brand of shoegaze. Reportedly, the band set aside over a year to craft this, the followup to t.
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Ignore the dubious title, and Post Harbor's They can't hurt you if you don't believe in them. reveals itself as a monolithic, spacey pleasure in the vein of Mogwai's post-rock mixed with Silversun Pickups' brand of shoegaze. Reportedly, the band set aside over a year to craft this, the followup to their 2007 debut, Praenumbra, which probably helped the members take a notably formless sound and hone it down to a relatively tight 50 minutes. The result is something that should appeal to fans of anything explosive, keyboard-laden and droning. Also, vocalist Colin Isler has this alien quality to his voice that recalls Sunny Day Real Estate circa The Rising Tide. So, there's that too.

The album opens and closes with fanfare (making the last track "Intro" was kind of funny). "Ponaturi" is a two-minute mini-suite that hits all of the band's favorite modes--grinding noise, ambient interludes--before segueing into "Cities of the Interior." The transition is so seamless that I suspect the band broke the tracks up just to avoid having any one song exceed 10 minutes. "Interior" is almost a test for listeners. Yeah, it's eight-and-a-half minutes long. But given the ebb, flow and interplay of the album, identifying the songs' beginnings and endings seems irrelevant. Just accept that the nerdcore-ish keyboards bring in a video game-like quality before strings completely wash that sound out, followed by a plaintive, simple piano part. It's all up-and-down dynamics, a collection of sounds that work well with the volume knob set to one or 10.

Any major complaints against Post Harbor are going to be atypical of their ilk as well. This isn't three-chord punk or Beatlemania; it might not be the best driving music. Sticking to bands within their hemisphere, Post Harbor could probably benefit more from the iconoclasm of, say, Envy, who use hardcore to give their more ethereal sections clearer contrast and vice versa. But that's something the group can take into account on LP #3. For now, They can't hurt you stands as a solid collection of otherworldly space rock.

 

 
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HeresLookinAtYou (February 23, 2010)

Beartrap works with some great bands. This is no exception.

losetorefuse (February 23, 2010)

Sounds hot. Checking now.

Blackjaw_ (February 23, 2010)

I usually don't get too into this kind of stuff because to me it just seems like there's so much of it out there, and I don't know how to pick and choose what to listen to, or something... The albums usually wow me the first time around and then I kind of forget about them. But this video blew me away, it's absolutely stunning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41rWL74MKA

So I went and got the album and it's really good. Yep. I would love if the guy who directed that video directed one for each song on the album.

inagreendase (February 23, 2010)

Pretty much nailed it. I'm totally getting the later SDRE similarities, and it totally rules. I think this might really grow on me as time goes by.

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