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[The] Slowest Runner [in all the World] - We, Burning Giraffes
Record Label: Future Recordings
Release Date: June 30, 2010
At roughly one hour long, We, Burning Giraffes is a labyrinth. It’s one of those albums where your perception of its quality is dependent on the amount of time you spend with it. At worst, it’s a boring instrumental record; at best, a world teeming with intricacies. But honestly, to be too lazy to know it as anything short of the latter is almost tragic – We, Burning Giraffes is one of the most daring experimental post-rock works of the year.

[The] Slowest Runner [in all the World], as they like to be punctuated, is a six-piece from Brooklyn, New York that bills themselves as a “post-baroque” act. It’s not hard to see why; on We, Burning Giraffes, they often wear a classical influence on their sleeves, like in the opening minutes of “Aembers/Guggenheim,” which sound like a passage from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” (though you can also hear hints of Jeff Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah”). But they’re much more than just an old fashioned The Ascent of Everest, as they show in “Zoe Machete Control’s” jazzy, barista-mood keys, which eventually evolve into loud and fuzzy guitars, and in the “[Oscillation]” series, which take a page from ambient drone label mates We All Inherit the Moon. And “We, Burning Giraffes” shows they know how to throw a majestic, standout climax on a commonplace post-rock build. So the band has no shortage of talent, and in multiple facets of the instrumental trade, too.

The stuff they write isn’t exactly built for the movies. Of course, there are a few cinematic moments: The closing minutes of “Aembers/Guggenheim” are something a skeleton could decay to, and “She died in a fit of apoplexy.’s” sunny violin break is simply ceremonious. But for the most part, the music is written for the instrumental enthusiast, as a lot of the string melodies and song structures aren’t straightforward in terms of accessibility. Yet the most beautiful things in life are often the ones that take time to grow on you, and We, Burning Giraffes is a confirmation. It’s hard to stop listening to the orchestral fabric of “Marsupial Patterns” or “Zoe Machete Control’s” noisy fadeout once they become familiar, but you have to give it time.

There’s a certain enduring quality that blankets each track – the kind that makes you think people in the future will come back to We, Burning Giraffes when they study the “post-” greats. Every note is crafted with artistic precision – and often, innovation – in mind. And that’s just what a quickly staling niche is in need of, isn’t it? If this is “post-baroque,” then we all need more of it in our lives.

Recommended If You LikeGodspeed You! Black Emperor, The Ascent of Everest, Yndi Halda, Caspian


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This review is a user submitted review from Matthew Tsai. You can see all of Matthew Tsai's submitted reviews here.
 
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12:25 PM on 07/20/10
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Gregory Robson
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I'm digging this trend of more Tsai commentary. Let's keep the train rolling!
12:42 PM on 07/20/10
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Matthew Tsai
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I'm digging this trend of more Tsai commentary. Let's keep the train rolling!
Will do.

01:23 PM on 07/20/10
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Is there any way to fix instrumental albums on the review page so the score doesn't show up as lower than it really is?
06:51 PM on 07/20/10
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Is there any way to fix instrumental albums on the review page so the score doesn't show up as lower than it really is?
It's been that way for as long as I can remember, so I'm not sure... I know the low scores can be confusing haha
11:13 PM on 07/20/10
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I can tell I'm going to like this based on the review alone.
11:15 PM on 07/20/10
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This is a really great review, and as someone that's just starting to delve into post-rock, I'm gonna be sure to check this out.
11:30 PM on 07/20/10
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Dang, looks like I need to hear this.
12:08 AM on 07/21/10
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Heard "Zoe Machete Control" on their Myspace. Blown away. Great review!
12:30 AM on 07/21/10
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Just sat down and gave the stream a run through.... Amazing music to chill out to.
07:11 AM on 07/21/10
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Sounds like a good album. But the name of this band annoys me for some reason.
09:23 AM on 07/21/10
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Reminds me of The Fastest Kid Alive.
09:25 AM on 07/21/10
Matthew Tsai
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So stoked people are digging this!
09:51 AM on 07/21/10
Alex DiVincenzo
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Nice write-up. Definitely checking out the stream.
10:10 AM on 07/21/10
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This is pretty great! Awesome name for a band and album too.

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