Almost nine years ago two like-minded disciples of music came together in Calgary to set on an uncharted course. Kenneth Buck and Steve Moore soon added Jon Ireson to their ranks to form Post Death Soundtrack, a musical ensemble that to date confounds anyone foolhardy enough to try and classify it. And just as their sound defies the boundaries of genre, their MO laughs in the face of geographic boundaries; they currently operate out of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary using the magic of the Internet to create harmonious music.
A year after coming together, Post Death Soundtrack introduced themselves to the world with ‘Music as Weaponry’, 14 tracks that served as the group’s full-length debut album. Even then the seeds had already been sown for a crossover sound that would leave critics scratching their heads. Indeed, one publication labeled the trio’s first fruits a “chaotic concoction of crossover madness”. However, the influence of UK trip hop exponents Massive Attack and Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy was evident in the haunting cocktail of synth, drum, reverberating guitar and lusty chants. Propelled by the positive feedback the album generated, the band released a new single ‘Ultraviolence’, accompanied by a music video. They also recorded a number of remixes to Music as Weaponry tracks as well as opened for Front Line Assembly, one of industrial rock’s leading bands.
After this flurry of activity Post Death Soundtrack went on hiatus, but they reemerged three years later with their second album. The band’s music has been labeled “indefinable” and undecipherable to “simple minds” and their sophomore project ‘The Unlearning Curve’ clearly illustrates why. Not only is it a melting pot of disparate musical styles, it is a rambling country in which the ideals of J. Krishnamurti and the dreamscapes of Alice in Wonderland somehow coexist. The first helping in the nine-course meal is ‘That Which Is’, a surreal psychedelic rock cut guided by the kind of loose drums you’ll remember from Beatles hits. It is here you are introduced to Buck and Moore’s eerie, yet comforting vocal harmonies. ‘You Can’t Go Back’ is where the Alice in Wonderland references start: “You fall down the rabbit hole/A strange light will guide you”. They appear more prominently in ‘Little Alice’, which contains a dramatized excerpt from a parody of the timeless fairytale. But the fantasy suddenly turns into a horror story told in guttural tones, “You take a pawn from the bottom and you chop its head off…”.
Enjoy the rest of this May release below and keep up to date with Post Death Soundtrack on their website.
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