Canyons Of Static
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The one thing that has always set Canyons Of Static apart from the horde of Mogwai worshippers that dominates the instrumental post-rock scene is melody. Whereas most bands in the field settle on a repetitive theme and add layers of guitar, distortion, and volume until the needles are buried, this Wisconsin group has hooks and isn’t afraid to use them. The new, four-song Challenger EP is a departure in this sense, in that it sacrifices accessibility for atmosphere, but still avoids cliché. The warm waves of electronics are slow to solidify, and they’re only briefly recognizable as a song before dissolving again, but the effect is like a reflection gradually coming into focus before another ripple distorts it. The band has found another rewarding route through tension and release, without the need for noise.