It has been a bit quiet on the guitar-driven post-rock scene recently. It seems that the purveyors of that sound, like that have been dubbed many things, from say, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, MONO, and Explosions in the Sky haven’t had much to say in 2021.
That possible gap has shown, particularly to the fans of the genre, that artists working on such a sound (when coming up with something good), have truly be missed, even though at one point there was the impression that the field had become a bit oversaturated.
Proving that point is Chicago’s The Color of Cyan and their latest release ‘Agape.’ Eduardo Cintron (Guitars), Henry Cole (Drums), Jorge Santana (Bass), Rene Torres (Violin) have recorded between Puerto Rico, Chicago, California, and Mexico City and have given that characteristic sound a fresh look, as some sort of compendium of what has been achieved in the guitar-oriented post-rock genre so far.
Yet, what does that sound entail? It is one that is oriented to create emotive instrumental music, and here you can employ all those descriptions that have characterized the genre: cinematic post-rock, orchestral arrangements, ambient, jazz, shoegaze, and metal.
As the band put it, “Agape is our journey through this world. Even though the moments are unique for each one of us, we are all connected by those feelings.”
Yes, the band covers all that ground, and the emotion they cite is supported by their high instrumental capabilities, making for quite an engaging listen.
The Color of Cyan and their ‘Agape’ prove that there is still life in guitar-driven post-rock.