Not To Reason Why
(The Book Of Hours)
Post rock, Experimental, Shoegaze
Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, Sigur Ros
Post rock can be exhilarating or exhausting at times, so many bands sound similar, as it can be tough for upcoming acts to stand out and make an impression. We welcome Not To Reason Why, based out of California, this four-piece instrumental post-rock band has certainly caught the attention of our editors.
First off, the album cover for their third release The Book of Hours is great, reminds us of an old King Crimson or Genesis cover from the early seventies; would love to get this on vinyl. As for the music, they inject some needed variety within this genre and while they do reflect Explosions In the Sky at times, they offer more in terms of variety. Hearing violins, an occasional flute and the piano on top of the traditional instruments (guitar, drums, bass) is a thing of beauty as we are subject to soft, melancholy emotions and uplifting shoegaze-like jams.
The Book of Hours is comprised of three songs: "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" and "Good Night", clocking in around 30 minutes. The piano is the driving force here as it’s what separates them from the pack. You will hear this right away on the opening track; it’s a soft piano intro that builds into a post rock-like instrumental. Listening to the piano stay the course amongst all the instruments makes for quite a sound that will do your speaker justice.
On the second track, they start to tread the line in shoegaze territory; it’s impressive as this eleven minute track goes through many peaks and valleys as it is full of exploratory sounds. The last song, which closes in on fourteen minutes, we hear more of the same style of music, yet at 10:37 minutes in, some vocal chants appear, very nice touch, after hearing this, we wanted more. It’s a great song to get lost in.
Not To Reason Why are refreshing and they tend to mesmerize the listener with their own blend of post-rock music. The Book of Hours shows some growth from their two previous albums, it will be interesting to see where they take this style and keep it sounding fresh. But for now let’s enjoy, sit back and take it all in.
Standout Track: Good Night