Audiocaneat! - Red Sessions
Record Label: Frontal Noize
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Despite its ongoing and repetitive criticisms, “post-rock” is a form - or method - that still continues to be used, referred to and possessively tagged to a numerous amount of emerging contemporary groups and musicians. Why so? Well many followers will attempt to crumb together and forge countless uninteresting and bogus arguments upon those dissatisfied with its relevance, but the immediate truth still suggests that it’s a genre-defined tag that needs to be applied just for now, just until our various musicologists and form-enthusiasts can put together a more suitable and categorically understandable title to typify its contrasting product of arrangement; and with the official release of their debut album ‘Red Sessions’, German exemplars Audiocaneat show us just how this tagging business can be such a grey area to understand and mandate.
With definitive influences alighting from a variety of sources Audiocaneat have - if a quick assumption should be eagerly drawn together – proved that this personal and critical necessity to put every band into a tightly sealed box, ready to shame them if they ever attempt to escape its intangible hold records down the line, is in fact, utter bogus. With ‘Red Sessions’, however, it’s hard to justify whether what we’re being exposed to is either borrowed tradition or a fresh and authentic approach to the writing process. Yet if I am to be as bravely optimistic as my conscience suggests, then the latter of the two probabilities garners the vote. What is evident here is that Audiocaneat have conceived a record that detaches them from so many easily affiliated label-types and instead situates them somewhere just beyond reach of all of them, equipped with enough independence to observe their own exclusive territory.
But it takes more than just a sturdy introduction to grasp the atmosphere exercised by this divergent four-piece; it’s within the amalgamation of various abstract and melodic compositional styles that they draw ones attention closer to the pin. Whether we’re directing reference towards the ambient and mesmerising sound worlds emancipated from the likes of ‘From the Massives to the Masses’ and ‘The Truth Unfolded I’, or the heavenly Pumpkins-inspired grunge revival that lives within ‘Painting the Earth with Night Flares’, what we’re digesting from the record is anything but stereotyped. Instead we unearth a sound that, whilst resembling the glory days of shoegaze, nu-metal, and our infamous ‘post-rock’ sensibilities, has opened up an entire new vantage point in the ever-extending and miscellaneous musical stratosphere.
Audiocaneat have furnished us with a tenacious example of how there is still certain strength through commercial ignorance; and although ‘Red Sessions’ might not be the most flawless record of recent times it still manages to hold its own as a bold and mightily ingenious debut nonetheless. This is an album that succeeds by slipping its newfound listener out of their common reality in a brash attempt to engage them with an alternative and decontaminated climate. From there on one can only hope they are left undisturbed.