2nd album from cool Chicago instro trio of 2 bassists & a drummer who deliver some fine mellow funky chunky post rock grooves inna Tortoise-esque style. This time around they have augmented their sound with guitars, both electric & acoustic, plus pianos, toy & grand. Rec. w/absolute precision by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio. Their best yet RECOMMENDED.
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The counterveiling lines of the low rythms, trebley drums, and high melody make all the songs complex enough to bear repeated listening, although they often feature predictable or repetetive progressions. Of the Amazon listening samples, "Kaisakunin" is a particularly soft and sparce example of Dianogah's music. "At the Mercy" shows off the interplay between instruments and range of emotion that makes this music work. "Time for a Game" sports rare vocals, which are sung in the talky Yo La Tengo vein. "Sometimes" is a brief interlude, and "Indie Rock Spock Ears" is a long, rambling number that is perfectly representitive of Dianogah's sound.
The meat of this album lies outside of the listening samples, but if you like what you hear, this is the perfect place to start exploring instrumental/post rock type music. If you're already a fan of bands like Mogwai, Fugazi, Tortise, or even lighter stuff like Sea and Cake or American Analog Set, Dianogah ought to be up your alley.