Boomkat Product Review:
Connecticut band Apse made their way to the All Tomorrows Parties label having produced a number of self-released EPs and one more formal outing for Acuarela. This splendid full-length captures the band in brooding, ominous form, shifting from the Slint-like 'From The North' to suspenseful post-rock passages on 'Blackwood Gates'. There's a bluesy undercurrent running through this record too, largely thanks to some particularly heavy bassline grooves, occasionally lending a metallic roughness to the band's sound, which when operating in conjunction with the more rhythmically focussed tracks, such as 'Earth Covers Us' or 'The Crowned' sounds immensely powerful, and breaks free of the creative shackles you might associate with the post-rock tag (which will inevitably, if not entirely legitimately, follow this band around). As ever, you can count on ATP to present an original, alternative take on accepted genre formats, and this impressively self-produced Apse album sidesteps the usual parade of Mogwai and Godspeed influences you'd hear on a record of this ilk.