Life as a post-rock song


Le post-rock, c'est quoi? D'après la grande encyclopédie qu'est Wikipédia, c'est
un sous-genre du rock à tendance expérimentale qui intègre des caractéristiques inspirées du rock alternatif, de l'art rock et de la musique électronique.
Le terme « post-rock » est utilisé pour la première fois dans son sens actuel par Simon Reynolds dans le magazine musical anglais The Wire en mai 1994 à propos du premier opus de Bark Psychosis. Il décrit un genre musical « utilisant des instrumentations rock pour un résultat qui s'éloigne du rock et où les guitares sont utilisées pour obtenir des timbres et textures sonores plutôt que des riffs ».


En gros, ce sont des musiques le plus généralement sans paroles, à base d'envolées lyriques, qui pour moi sont les bandes originales parfaites de nos rêves. Des sons qui vous placent en état d'apesanteur, tout près des étoiles, voire du 7e ciel. Enfin, c'est ce que ça me fait!

Post-rock, what's that? According to our encyclopaedia Wikipedia, it's
a musical genre characterized by the use of instruments commonly associated with rock music, but using rhythms, harmonies, melodies, timbres, and chord progressions not traditionally found in rock. The term "post-rock" is believed to have been coined by critic Simon Reynolds in his review of Bark Psychosis' album Hex, published in the March 1994 issue of Mojo magazine. Reynolds expanded upon the idea later in the May 1994 issue of The Wire. He used the term to describe music "using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures rather than riffs and power chords".

In a more general way, it's a music type mainly without lyrics, but based on lyric flights, which are the perfect soundtrack for our dreams. Sounds taking you weightless, next to the stars, or even the 7th sky. Well, that's the way I feel it!


D'un point de vue pratique maintenant, venons-en à la démonstration par A+B que le post-rock est une musique d'avenir (d'où son nom, d'ailleurs). Commençons par A+B = 65, 65daysofstatic ou le second groupe qui m'a fait découvrir ce genre à part, via Radio Protector, un tube fait de piano, de guitare et de batterie, des choses simples mais si bien agencées qu'en 5:26 la beauté nous est exposée en un escalier sonore qui mérite vraiment le nom de musique.








65daysofstatic - Radio Protector

On a more concrete point of view, here we go for the demonstration through A+B that post-rock is a music from the future (yes, that's why it's named like that). Let's begin with A+B = 65, 65daysofstatic or the second band to make me discover this so particular music style, via Radio Protector, a tune composed of piano, guitar and drums, simple things but so well put together that 5:26 are enough to expose beauty as sound stairs truly deserving the name of music.


Mon premier pas dans ce genre musical inspiré des étoiles, c'était à travers la magie d'Explosions in the Sky, qui en 8 minutes m'ont donné une vision de la vie différente de celle que j'avais. Très différente. C'est pourtant pas sorcier, un riff de basse, deux riffs de guitare, une marche militaire à la batterie. Mais le génie de ces 3 potes texans, complété par la dextérité d'un mec de l'Illinois, a fait d'une chanson bateau un chef d'oeuvre. Your Hand In Mine, c'est l'image de la vie. Une naissance dans un monde inconnu, des premiers pas insouciants. Puis très vite, l'âge de raison, les premiers émois et la crise d'adolescence. Une sagesse nouvellement acquise à la majorité, la folie de la jeunesse difficile à contenir avec une très petite partie de l'esprit concentrée sur ses examens. Passé ce moment, la vie telle qu'elle doit être prend enfin son envol, dans un premier temps rythmée par la fougue de la 3e décennie, puis calmée par l'arrivée d'une relation stable et les promesses de famille. A la 6e minute, un temps de latence synonyme de remise en question, s'installer ou non, créer ou non. Puis dans le meilleur des cas, l'arrivée d'un nouveau battement de coeur, un cycle de vie qui redémarre, faire de son enfant quelqu'un de meilleur que soit, le but d'une vie, qui s'achève quand il en est temps, quand tout (ou presque) a été accompli. Il ne reste plus qu'à passer le relais, à s'éteindre en ayant le sentiment que toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin, mais hé, on en a bien profité.








Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand In Mine

My first step into this starry kind of music was through the magicness of Explosions in the Sky, who needed 8 minutes to completely change my vision of life. Yet, that's not so original, one bass riff, two guitar riffs, one militar march on the drums. But the genius of these 3 texans, added to the dexterity of an Illinoisan, made the difference when came the time to create a master piece.
Your Hand In Mine, that's life. A birth in an unknown world, first steps into the innocence of youth. Then, very fastly, the age of reason, first agitations and teenage crisis. A wisdom newly acquired when turning eighteen, youth's crazyness hard to contain with a tiny part of your mind focused on the exams.
When this moment's over, the life as it should be finally takes off, in a first time through the ardour of the 3rd decade, then calmed down when a long relationship and promess of family happen. At 6:00, slowing down as if it were the time to ask some questions, settled down or not, create or not. And in the best case, a new heartbeat, a life's cycle beginning, take his child to a higher state of human being, one life's goal, always ending when the time has come, when everything (or nearly) as been achieved. Then you only have to give up, to turn off the light thinking all the good things come to an end, but hey, you have not wasted your time.

2 commentaires:

Lisa a dit…

those were the same two songs that got me into instrumental music too!! I think you're my music soul mate :DD

Nico a dit…

I guess :p

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