The 1657 Demonstrations EP
I can’t help but think labels like ‘post-hardcore and ‘post-rock’ are pretty pointless. Firstly, because defining something in terms of something else shows a lack of imagination, but mainly because nobody actually ever knows what they mean. Yet having listened to this release from 1877, I think that might actually be a good thing – if you don’t know what it really means, you can’t have any preconceptions, and therefore you have to take the music at face value.
It’s a bit odd listening to a CD that is largely vocal-free, but the fact that the music can stand alone must attest to its quality. The haunting, atmospheric first track gives way to a more conventionally structured ‘song’ while keeping hold of the dark ambiance, and track 3 and – CD highlight for me – track four introduces brooding vocals that somehow remind me of Ian Curtis. Not quite electronica but not quite indie, and with certain aspects that I couldn’t describe even if I tried, 1877 have managed to fashion a genre all of their own.
Whilst these songs aren’t at all typical, they have a unique quality that touches the listener. My worry is that, because of the lack of obvious hooks or singable lyrics, this music will be ignored by most listeners. Put your need for easy pop listening aside and give this band a try – it’ll be worth it.
Guest article from Heather P.
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