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Posted on February 6th, 2009 (12:44 pm) by Gordon Kelley

It was about 5 or 6 years ago that I discovered Explosions in the Sky. Their albums The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever were like nothing I’d ever heard and I fell in love. Although I really enjoyed those two recordings, I inexplicably concluded that EITS were unique. In retrospect, I now know that EITS was and is among the vanguard of a style I learned was called “post-rock”. When that lightbulb finally went on and I realized it was an entire genre and not a one-band sound, I happily began to discover band after band with fascinating instrumental rock songs.

In the past few years, I’ve collected a lot of post-rock. I am enthusiastic and fairly knowledgeable about the genre at the point and listen to this stuff often. However, one issue is that, more so than most genres, there are way too many bands that are nearly indistinguishable from each other. Especially as the meme of post-rock has proliferated, it becomes harder and harder for bands to establish their unique sound. In other words, these days I rarely hear a new post-rock album that seriously blows me away.

Deepset’s debut album, The Lights We Shed Shall Burn Your Eyes, is one of those rare gems.

Deepset is doing nothing THAT novel—bands like EITS, Giants, Hologram, Yndi Halda, Pelican, and so on paved this post-rock road years ago. But within those boundaries, what Deepset have produced is freakin' glorious. This group of 4 young men from Malaysia have produced an incredibly beautiful and compelling album. They're a tiny little band, fan-wise, as evidenced by photos of their "album release" gig which appears to have about 20 people in attendance. But despite being, as far as I can tell, practically unknown outside Malaysia, they have created one of the most impressive debut albums I’ve heard in years. In case you can't tell, I'm completely impressed, and that's saying a lot given how into music I am.

The CD only has 6 songs, but they’re all quite long. The music comprises soaring, expansive instrumentals which, like most post-rock, float between quiet, delicate passages, and emotion-laden peaks with crashing guitars and deep cathartic release. I feel ecstatic when I listen to Deepset. I strongly recommend playing this album loudly, with headphones, when you’re in an introspective space.

I listen to a very large amount of music, both in quantity and variety. It is rare that an album is so compelling that I listen to it over and over and over again, even when I have so much other music to listen to. I think I’m about to hit play again...

You can get it directly from href="http://www.kittywurecords.com”> KittyWu records in Singapore for just $12, postage included. Totally worth supporting these guys to keep making such wonderful music.

Track List
1. Put your dreams to sleep
2. Where were they (when the fun went out)
3. Close to a cure
4. Have you ever danced with the devil under pale moonlight?
5. If you can still hear this whispering, you are dying
6. Every instance in time is a journey of hope

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