Apricot Rail

Quarrels

by Steven Spoerl

4 August 2013

 
cover art

Apricot Rail

Quarrels

(Hidden Shoal)
US: 25 Feb 2013
UK: 25 Feb 2013

Apricot Rail peddled in a restrained take on the instrumental post-rock aesthetic, opting for the beauty over the chaos. Quarrels makes this abundantly clear. Unfortunately, eliminating the staggering crescendos that have become the signpost of the genre’s most successful bands means sacrificing a great deal of tension. While opening track “Basket Press” does ultimately come to a fever pitch in its closing moments, it’s one of the only truly thrilling moments on Quarrels. While the rest of the record isn’t weak, it isn’t strikingly original either. There are unavoidably evident shades of Eluvium, Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky that simply can’t match the moments they’re reminiscent of. On the whole, Quarrels is a pleasant, if occasionally frustrating, listening experience. The frustration comes in because there are flashes of absolute brilliance and it’s quite clear the band can do more. It’s worth waiting for that to happen.

Quarrels

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times. Thanks everyone.

//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

READ the article