Post Death Soundtrack is a very interesting Canadien trio who supposedly fall into the psychedelic rock, pop, industrial, downtempo electronic area of music. Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson started the band in 2007 on the idea that they’d create thought provoking, reflective, metaphysically complex music, an idea we’ll talk more about later.
The triplet currently has 3 albums/ soundtracks available on their website; two albums and one remix soundtrack with some songs that are actually worth listening too, as they’ve collaborated with very talented DJs and producers.
Their latest album, “The Unlearning Curve”, came out after three years of silence, and has gotten very interesting reviews thus far, as one could imagine just reading the name of the album and band. One can conclude upon first listen that this album/ band is a hot mess; exaggerated effort coupled with a lack of musical appeal. I personally wasn’t a fan of this music out the gate, and I can explain why later. But many can question why this band or this music exists, which is why in this review, before we even break down the music itself and get in to my opinion at all, we’ll examine two crucial areas about Post Death Soundtrack: 1. What is industrial rock? and 2. What is the goal/ concept that this band is trying to realize?
INDUSTRIAL ROCK: FOR WHOSE EARS?
Because this isn’t an article with the original purpose of explaining “industrial music”, let’s go ahead and copy and paste a very accurate, short description of the genre: “Industrial music is a genre of experimental/electronic music that draws on transgressive or provocative sounds and themes.” Industrial rock combines this experimental, almost unstructured (not always bad) kind of music, with rock chords, scales and synths. It can be hard, it can be grungy, it’s sometimes more emotionally based than “talent” based.
An easier way to describe industrial rock is to list what it’s not (most of the time, and only relative to what most other genres of music are), which includes: layered, diluted, dynamic, catchy, simple, light, or streamlined. Once again, this is the case most of the time, not all of the time, and is relative to other more common music genres, and is not in any way a bad thing.
The reason why I’m explaining this is to answer the question posed at the outset that could be on the minds of confused/ sour listeners: Why in the world is this even considered to be music? The answer is: It falls into a category that appeals to a very specific demographic. Obviously they have fans or else they wouldn’t continue, or maybe even be able, to produce albums. So yea, industrial rock, electronic, trip hop; these are the categories this band tries to fall in to. Is that what I heard on their latest album? No.
AN ADMIRABLE ENDEAVOR
Something else that must be examined before judging this album is what these guys were going for. I did a little research, and it all sounds great: Deep, heavy concepts, thought provoking, reflective narratives, all manifested and told through a modern psychedelic sound, coupled with electric, hip hop, and industrial vibes. Despite what I or anybody else thinks, not a lot of popular bands are going for that nowadays. To get popular, you have to appeal to popular demographics. Popular demographics don’t always like sounds that are terribly different or ideas that are too heavy to bare. I don’t mean to call people stupid at all, but let’s face it, the most popular musical “artists” nowadays are making millions of dollars singing about money and sex in the most superficial way possible. For these guys to want to bring something different and deeper to audiences is really awesome, I have to admit.
The question now becomes: Does this album, “The Unlearning Curve”, by Post Death Soundtrack, accomplish any of these ambitions? No. But that’s just my humble opinion. I stood up for the guys first didn’t I? And hey, when reviewed by Reflections of Darkness, it was said that they are “by no means music for simple minds”. Maybe I’m just simple minded, but I found there music to be incoherent, forced, exaggerated, and absent of talent whatsoever.
The music itself was too simplistic, abrasive, and shallow. The vocals were very over-the-top and stringent. The singing almost reminded me of the singer from System of a Down, who didn’t have the most beautiful voice either, but he definitely made it work. It doesn’t work here. This sounds more like a parody band. If this was a parody band I’d review them more positively. I wish they were making fun of something.
With a name like ”Post Death Soundtrack”, I hope this review doesn’t get to them, I don’t want to be killed in my sleep. Or maybe they’re nice guys. In any case, once again, this is very specific music for a very specific audience, so despite my thoughts, again, they have their fans. And if you’ve never heard these guys before, despite my negative review, at least I was able to describe to you a little bit of the kind of music it is, and in case you dig this style, check out there album here: https://postdeathsoundtrack.bandcamp.com/album/the-unlearning-curve
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