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june 2010

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Emery Reel

"...For and Acted Upon Through Diversions" CD

First Flight

Genres: post-rock, instrumental rock, shoegazer

First Flight
PO Box 21631
St. Louis, MO
63109 USA

Oct 27 - Nov 2 2003

First off, brilliant packaging.  The St. Louis based First Flight label has done a terrific job with ...For and Acted Upon Through Diversions.  It's simply a beautiful treasure of an album to look at.

The music, meanwhile, is your average spacey post-rock stuff, devoid of vocals and yet mesmerizing in its simplistically beautiful guitar, drum, bass, and electronic arrangements.  It's like a big mash-pash of Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Yo La Tengo, and any number of obscure instrumental post-rock bands and Constellation/Kranky projects and side-projects and sub-side-pet-projects.

It seems futile to pick out particular tracks on this album, as it all pretty much acts as one big, living and breathing record.  It is rather beautiful and emotional, although a certain amount of patience is reqiore to appreciate it as hook-filled melody isn't always in excess.  Those not attuned to the style may just find it long and tiresome.

Overall, this is a very solid work of post-rock/shoegazer/instru-rock goodness that deserves a look.  Check out the label website for some sound samples to try out.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]