Schrasj

F

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Schrasj's F displays a huge development from their previous releases and manages to fall into territory that's truly the band's own. The album starts from loosely structured songs with an entirely pleasant ambience and loads of shimmering guitars, but quickly turns these tracks into compelling pop excursions that combine the thoughtful guitar organization and jazzy grooves of post-rock (the Sea and Cake, or more specifically Sam Prekop's solo work) with the languid slowcore pleasantries of fellow Texans American Analog Set and vocal composition and performance that are heads above that of the average indie band. The result is almost deserving of being called brilliant; the record may move into more banal territory as it progresses, but the heart of its sound is still the organized and inventive attention to composition that marks post-rock. Of course, a few listeners felt that this post-rock intellectualism sacrificed something in human presence and earnestness -- what's most appealing here is the fact that Schrasj manages to capture more conventionally emotive rock tones along with its atmospheric textures.