To withstand recent COVID-related lockdowns and busy times at work, I’ve taken to Japanese math rock, by way of numerous ventures down YouTube rabbit holes.
This is part of a journey of mine through various kinds of math rock, post rock, Midwest emo and post-hardcore that began about a decade ago when I revisited the Louisville band Slint. (For the record, Slint are a million miles away from the below bands — but I will address this musical journey in a future post.)
I share below my absolute best finds of these musical expeditions. This music and these bands are simply sublime, combining phenomenal (and technical) musicianship and beautiful, dreamy artistry.