The parameters of post-rock are well trod territory by this point, a couple decades into the genre. You’ve got the quiet-loud dynamics, the slowly building climaxes, and the sense of space and isolation created by largely instrumental compositions. But one way to stand out from the pack, as in any typical vocal-driven song, is to make sure the melody lines are engaging and clear. That’s what Richmond, VA post rock band Shy, Low have done on their latest track, “Nostos”, from their second LP Hiraeth. “’Nostos’ is the opening track on the record. For that reason, we wanted it to hit hard and quick, setting the tone for the rest of the album,” the band explain.
“It showcases the increased movement we wanted to include on Hiraeth, transitioning away from some of the drawn out characteristics of our earlier songs. It also showcases some of the contradictory themes we were experimenting with on this record. Some parts move along lightly and almost jubilantly, but are then kept in check by more rugged and melancholy aspects. We think that it’s a good introduction to the narrative of the record, as well as some of the new stylistic methods we incorporated into the album as a whole.”
Hiraeth is out November 13 on Spartan Records.