Refreshingly steering clear of the self-indulgence which often undermines post-rock bands, My Education from Austin, Texas have now delivered three top quality instrumental albums. Their latest effort, ‘Bad Vibrations’, is a consolidation of 2005′s mighty ‘Italian’ but this time the tracks seem to blend together almost seamlessly as if they’re all part of one long – but generally flab-free - suite.
Melodies are at the heart of everything My Education do and they’re usually of the ambitious, intricate variety. Guitar chords unwind in parallel to unravelling strings for the optimistic sounding ‘Arch’ and the somewhat darker ‘Britches Blanket’; although both are slightly tarnished by a bombastic finale. Demonic piano keys dominate the doomy ‘Sluts And Maniacs’ before that too explodes into chaos. However, ‘Mother May I’ is more controlled and its melancholic Americana influences make it one of the classiest offerings on show. The title track also restores order with a gentle, pastoral tune. It is only the louder parts of ‘Bad Vibrations’ which diminish the quality of the record. Otherwise it’s a hugely melodic, evocative affair.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Tortoise