The post rock scene is ten a plenty of bands trying to carve their own unique niche within this particular genre of rock music. It can be difficult for a band to generate a distinctive sound to be identified as wholly their own. By way of Lurgan and Belfast, Psychojet are a four piece band developing their own brand of post/math rock. Since playing their debut gig in early May 2012, they’ve wasted little time in releasing their first collection of songs in the form of ‘The Sea Is Never Full’.
Latitudes stays too much within the formula set by post rock standard bearers Explosions In The Sky as to be distinguishing. Fibonacci, named after the Italian mathematician, begins with a choppy riff, a layered middle but finishes weakly. False Crescendo takes three mundane minutes before the necessary urgency propels the song to a stirring conclusion. The best track on the album is the tightly condensed The Quiet Approach where the band does not have the time to build up to crescendos or such like and they just go hell for leather. It works a treat.
A cover of The Prodigy’s No Good (Start The Dance) is unnecessary and thankfully short before 7/6’s guitar interplay produces the sort of unexpected changes in direction and shifts in pace which makes it a song that reveals something different on each listen. It’s undoubtedly one of the strongest songs on the album. The second half of the album finishes on a high with the closing track When Today Ends which features more intricate guitar work before soaring to a climax.
Production wise, the instruments sound more on the barren side. As a four piece instrumental rock band, the recording does sound sparse and ideally the production should have been there to buff up their sound to be richer. The guitar riffs could have been enhanced as at times it seemed watered down in the mix.
The very best post rock can generate emotions which can rival the power of traditional vocal based songs by weaving intricate patterns, unexpected twists and not constrained like more traditional song formats. For the most part the songs on ‘The Sea Is Never Full’ have the right elements in terms of songs structure and pacing but just lack the production finesse to really shine.