"The moment I heard this album I knew it was going to end up on my list somewhere – it is the best post-rock I heard all year. From explosive crescendos, cathartic build-ups and bombastic climaxes this album has it all; it’s a true gem."
By Federico Bernardinelli
THREE of our songs made it on the postrock.instrumental final Recommended Tracks of 2017, featuring “The finest tracks of 2017 from post-rock, post-metal, experimental, ambient, and neighboring genres.” A Spotify playlist curated by Post-Rock Facebook page editors.
"The title track "Of Salt And Sea" is such a beautiful example of an instinctively constructed song. Everything sounds perfectly logical and that makes this album so special. These musicians understand the power of their instruments and know how to dose this correctly. [Of Salt and Sea] is a fascinating spectacle."
Now in its sixth year (and third with results shared via Arctic Drones), the Post-rock Facebook page’s Year’s Best list offers a compacted view of the important releases of 2017 from around the globe. This is a genre that is growing ever-larger, but as it continues to function in a relatively niche market it remains important to offer listeners a focused overview of what releases most moved fans during the course of the year.
Post-rock Facebook page’s nomination list that comprised this poll category featured nearly 400 releases (narrowed down from 800+) from mainly post-rock but also neighboring genres such as post-metal, ambient and math-rock, offering a dizzying spectrum of possibilities. Therefore, we strongly urge readers to look beyond those artists they are already familiar with and dig deep for new favorites to support through the coming years. More than 12,000 fans voted, so what you are seeing here should give you a solid base with which to operate off. Keep in mind also, a lot of votes were spread around, indicating a large volume of worthwhile releases to discover.
The results provide a balance of expected heavyweights and pleasant surprises. Bands like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, for instance, show why they have been continuously seated at the highest thrones of post-rock for the past 20 years. More recent favorites like And So I Watch You From Afar and sleepmakeswaves stake their claim to heavyweight status as well. But look beyond them and you’ll find a wonderful tapestry of post-rock up-and-comers; Heron, Wander, Shipwrecks, and PILLARS.
“Of Salt and Sea" marks the band’s most complete release to date, while also marking their first entirely instrumental collection of songs."
"The album delivers a rejuvenated post-rock sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre to stratospheric new levels."
"Displaying a band at the height of their song-crafting ability, Of Salt and Sea represents the culmination of a continuous sonic evolution, and is one of the most impressive post-rock albums of the year."
"Upcoming PILLARS album is gold.
Proof that you don't need painfully long intros to be evocative.
Must-hear for fans of Caspian's Tertia.”
“Our minds were collectively blown when we first heard this album.
Sometimes you come across a band that just has IT. Indianapolis’ PILLARS is one of those bands. Way back in January 2017 Heron was one of those bands, and now at the opposite end of 2017 we have “Of Salt and Sea” which is one of the best post-rock albums I have heard in a while. Hold off on those year-end lists until after you listen to this.
I have to say, "Of Salt and Sea" is absolutely one of the best post-rock albums I have heard this year, a total breath of fresh air. Thank you for that.”
- David Zeidler
US Rep for the dunk!festival, writer for Arctic Drones, and a creative collaborator with A Thousand Arms
"Pillars merge many areas of music into a harmonious structure, the post-rock sound is the dominant language on the new album. Here the Americans succeed in a balanced split between emotions and explosions."
“Of Salt and Sea is an audacious album, start to finish, from artists who are ready to push their music to audiences in innovative ways while in turn pushing audiences to expand what they expect from a live band, genre be damned.”
"A deep dive into instrumental cinematic soundscapes. Re-inventing themselves as an instrumental band, Pillars manage to capture your attention without actually singing a single word."
"Emotions are intense, cathartic, and dramatic. Magic."