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The term post-rock was coined by Simon Reynolds in issue 123 of The Wire (May 1994) to describe a sort of music "using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords."
Originally used to describe the music of such bands as Stereolab, Disco Inferno, Seefeel, Bark Psychosis and Pram, it spread out to be frequently used for all sorts of jazz- and Krautrock- influenced, instrumental, electronica-added music made after 1994. Bands from the early 1990s such as Slint and Talk Talk were influential on this genre. As with all musical genres, the term is arguably inadequate: it is used for the music of Tortoise as well as that of Mogwai, two bands who have very little in common besides the fact that their music is largely instrumental. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-rock [May 2004]
[...] Post-rock can be traced to its genesis, which was an article by Simon Reynolds in The Wire, Issue 123, May 94. Reynolds states, "Post-rock means using rock instrumentation for non-rock purposes, using guitars as facilitators of timbres and textures rather than riffs and powerchords." Music under this moniker varies stylistically from Cul De Sac and Do Make Say Think to Tortoise and Mogwai to Labradford and Godspeed You Black Emperor. --The Guide to the Progressive Rock Genres Version 2.0. Last updated 10/22/03 , Mike McLatchey, http://www.gepr.net/genre2.html [May 2004]
The idea of genres comes basically from the question "What does it sound like?" In describing the indescribable, the music fan uses a number of mechanisms to help identify traits that further elucidate connections between what is known and what is being explored. Whether these traits can be considered valid or otherwise, it is clear they exist, and exist as a trait of the consumer, rather than the artist who often feels such labels to be limiting and corrosive. The intent of this writing is not to create labels, but rather to document them and explore their connections both legitimate and tenuous. --The Guide to the Progressive Rock Genres Version 2.0. Last updated 10/22/03 , Mike McLatchey, http://www.gepr.net/genre2.html [May 2004]
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