DEL REY - Immemorial

Del Rey - Immemorial

7 songs
45:26 minutes
***** **
Golden Antenna

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Del Rey are an instrumental post rock band from Chicago. This review could already stop right here, but let’s not be facetious. In fact the guys have been around already since the late Nineties, with Immemorial being already their fourth longplayer, proving that they are totally unaffected by any kind of trends. For their newest record, they even managed to add to their line-up Jason Ward, who is running together with Shellac’s Bob Weston the Chicago Mastering Service. This alone should already guarantee a perfect sound.

Immemorial consists of four long tracks running between nine and eleven minutes, plus three shorter pieces that act more as bridges between the regular material. I have to admit that I didn’t catch many of the Afro-Cuban rhythms (despite the dual drum playing) or the Japanese and Chinese instruments (apart maybe on the one minute short Ouisch), but that doesn’t prevent the music from being anything but excellently performed post rock.

It’s of course the more epic stuff that carries most of the interest, and we might as well start with the opener Return Of The Son Of Fog Rider, the longest track on the album and perfectly summarising Del Rey’s music. Of course they don’t do anything you haven’t heard before, with bands like Mogwai, Pelican and Maserati being adequate points of reference. Let’s face it: many aspiring post rock bands do much worse jobs. The mellotron carpets on E Pluribus Unicorn and the occasionally truly threatening bass lines are well worth discovering. Del Rey are always at their best during their more rousing moments (but what post rock band isn’t?), and their years of experience plus the exquisite production should make this still a pleasant addition to every well sorted music collection.

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