The music of Broadleaves and Conifers consists mostly of melodic post-rock with its soft-loud contrasts and lavish arrangements. Most pieces are undoubtedly emotionally charged with the chorused and delayed guitar riffs giving either a feeling of joy and hope or darker feelings like sadness or despair. The first track, “Pilot’s handbook”, starts off the EP with a slow crescendo to a pounding reverb filled chorus section that makes you feel like the whole world is behind you. This feeling is more than offset by later tracks such as “Matacabras” and “Long Song” that revolve around darker, heavier themes. “Reflections upon the Asfalt” feels like a continuation of “Pilot’s Handbook”, only quicker. Motorral, though, is definitely the pick of the EP with its distinct opening melodies and driving bassline and shoegazey tendencies.
In all, I felt that this is quite a standard sounding rock EP with a post-rock structure. The sound is not as polished as could be but it sounds great musically. There was very little of the post-rock experimentation, which is both a good and bad thing. The music all sounds very familiar and takes very little time to get used to but it also all feels like it’s all been done before. Hopefully, Transit explores more ground in their next release and we’ll see something a little different. This release definitely sounded better than their first demo Harmattan. Other than that, this is a great release for people who love any kind of melodic rock not just post-rock.
For more bands like Transit, the Lost Children Netlabel is a great site to go to for finding bands that play post-rock, experimental and instrumental rock. There are some great bands there that are definitely worth checking out like the noise infused instrumental rock band, Loss of a Child.
Thanks to the owner of the Lost Children Netlabel for informing us of the label.
Netlabel: Lost Children