The 10 Best Post-Rock Songs

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Post-rock at its best is an ideal soundtrack for car chases, interstellar combat and nighttime prowls on the Serengeti. The music is composed with rock instruments--guitar, drums, swagger, etc.--but isn't chained to standard verse-chorus-verse structures. Instead, these songs rise and fall with dynamic changes in volume, tone and delay-soaked time signature shifts. Vocals are usually absent, since these artists aren't trying to bludgeon that catchy hook into your skull 346 times in four minutes or less. Here is our list of the 10 Best Post Rock Bands.


Tortoise, "Seneca"
Standards, 2001

Post-rock arguably owes more to Tortoise than any other group, but don't tell them that - the band has swirled through jazz, krautrock, dub and dance music, and chafes under attempts at pigeonholing. "Seneca," the lead track from their fourth album, is a modern classic - be sure to stick around through the two-minute mark, when the fuzzy instrumental freakout locks into a mutant groove.


Balmorhea, "Fake Fealty"
Stranger, 2012

Keeping Austin weird since 2006, Balmorhea began life as a quiet, minimalist sextet built around strings, acoustic guitars and soft, plinking piano parts. Their scope has expanded with each new record, incorporating the odd electric guitar and punchy drum fill on songs like "Fake Fealty," from the band's fourth full-length. (Also, it's pronounced Bal-more-ray, so please correct your friends.)

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RatingMusicIsIdiot
RatingMusicIsIdiot

"what must" from jaga jazzist is the best post-rock album ever (imo), also an album called "a colores" from a american band called Tristeza should get some listen too. glad samuel made into the list too.

zele
zele

Yo obviously forgot Com? from Mono and any song from EITS......

ncrepublic
ncrepublic

My personal list:

sleepmakeswaves - "we sing the body electric"

Explosions in the Sky - "Your Hand In Mine"

Maybeshewill - "Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony"

Moonlit Sailor - "Dollar Underwater"

Sigur Ros - "Hoppipolla" (or "Glosoli." Really, anything from Takk)

65daysofstatic - "Retreat! Retreat!"

Northlane - "Singularity"

North Atlantic Oscillation - "Drawing Maps From Memory"

NOMADS - "Cleaveland On The Square" or "The River Bends"

Mayland - "The Nineteen-Nineties"

lolexplode
lolexplode

Regarding The Samuel Jacskon Five: FYI, Oslo is in Norway and not Sweden. The union between Sweden and Norway ended in 1905 so you should probably update your sources.

yweron
yweron

Where is Godspeed you! Black emperor??

Explosions in the sky?

Grails?

Hammock?

The six parts seven?

This list is good but for a top ten I feel it lacks some godfathers..

BadMuthafucka
BadMuthafucka

good list, i might swap out Battles' "Atlas" for "Rainbows" though.


StiltsRU
StiltsRU

@ncrepublic Wow, we would be best friends.


I would add The Evpatoria Report - "Taijin Kyofusho" and The American Dollar - "DEA"


But the rest is spot on!

ncrepublic
ncrepublic

Just for recommendations; not necessarily a correction. Glad SJ5 made their way on the list though, they're awesome.

ncrepublic
ncrepublic

The American Dollar is fantastic. I'll have to give The Evpatoria Report a listen, though!

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