Kindly got a review from the guys at ‘Off the tracks’ festival in Castle Donnington we played the other weekend. Was a really good festival, plenty of good cider and a mountain of good bands. We’ll be going back next year hopefully. x
‘Musical highlight of the festival though goes to Nordic Giants. In the barn stage late afternoon/early evening a series of award winning short films were showing. Providing a live soundtrack, the duo took our breath away with a hypnotic, powerful, intense, brooding experience. The masked pair left before the last film finished, leaving us agog and thrilled. ‘
Off the tracks festival
We were trawling through the web the other day and found this painting of us. Looks like its done in pastels according to my local artistry tapestry pastel expert. Anyway we’d really like to know who did it! The original was taken by Ciara Nolan from Poot Photography in some mystery woods near Frome in Somerset. You can check out more of the pics here.
By Peter Lanceley
I certainly would not call post-rock a dying genre, as far as i’m concerned there’s still decades of life left in it yet – but in terms of mainstream viability, its hard to think of many post-rock bands who’ve really ‘broken through’ in the past few years. As I see it, the notoriously loose term is characterised far more by a select and diverse few musical veterans (Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, M83, The Album Leaf.. the list goes on) than by any young and inspired array of emerging talent. Perhaps the most recent breakthrough has been Texas’ This Will Destroy You, who have put out several phenomenally well-orchestrated releases in the past five years.
The roots of Nordic Giants lie in Hampshire and Wales, though they are now based in Brighton – but before even pressing play on their debut EP ‘A Tree As Old As Me’, its the strain of post-rock from Iceland which the name ‘Nordic Giants’ appears to be paying tribute to. Bands like Sigur Ros and Mum are immediate comparisons also in terms of the band’s sound, and the way Nordic Giants are going, they are without doubt the British answer to their successes. There’s something totally engulfing and timeless about Nordic Giants’ music which I can’t quite put my finger on, maybe the dreamy and disorientating repetitions or the helpless, all-encompassing climaxes are what has transformed a good band into one so eternally relevant, personal and sentimental. Descending all too often from sparse classical beginnings and minimalistic slow-paced percussion, it is the quietest origins which are built into the most expansive of post-rock soundscapes.
The band now collaborate with Shorts.Tv, a short film company who now provide a series of challenging and epic short films to synchronize with their live show. Its really convenient for them, because Nordic Giants’ music typically puts a more daily, liveable twist on the kind of music that you hear in full-length cinema. The songs are far from ridiculously epic however, more measured and ambient and classical. ‘Shine (ft. Cate Ferris)’ has a dark British touch to it, providing almost-spoken female vocals to the ambient guitar-work for a timeless arrangement. Sure enough, it builds into cold, orchestral grandeur which transposes itself as almost violent, before filtering out and returning once again into the semi-buoyant and deeply introvert beginnings. This is a theme which is continued; ‘Through A Lens Darkley’ does something similarly led but this time by sparsely intensifying piano. Live, the loops and pedals which allow the duo to change instruments and provide extra percussion when its really needed, are just spectacular.
Until now, Britain has been missing a really great emerging post-rock band. Perhaps Nordic Giants are the answer?