Spiricom – Songs for a Summer Séance. Skean Dhu Recordings, 2014.
This must be my week for non-conventional post-rock.
Another album that came out during my hiatus from To Eleven that I wish I had caught on to when it was released back in October is Spiricom’s Songs for a Summer Séance. Spiricom are a two-piece post-rock band out of Ohio (In fact, lead guitarist Mark Cody grew up a few miles from where I did, and it wouldn’t surprise me if I found out we’ve run into each other). The band is named after a machine that was built in the 80s that would allow the user to talk to the dead, which is thematically appropriate for Séance.
The first track, “Voices in the vortex,” opens with all sorts of weird, ghostly noises as the guitar and drums slowly rise and build over the 1st minute and a half before launching into more familiar rock territory. Notes echo and get lost in the wall of sound, much like, I imagine, spirits trying to get though on the actual spiricom might. It’s style = substance here, and it works.
Track two, “identify the moved objects” starts with static, and again, this is fitting. Spiricom are letting the soundscape tell a story: something inaudible is whispered in a loop behind the guitars, or am I imagining it? Am I hearing things? Of course, this is the effect Spiricom is going for.
“Watching the spirits leave,” the next track, relies more heavily on the synthesized droning and ghostly whispers, accenting them with a minimalist guitar melody. Of the Eps four tracks, this is the quietest, most serene one, but it is not without some sense of foreboding.
Track four, “Song for a summer seance,” brings all these elements together in its 15 minutes and 38 seconds. It is perhaps the most post-rock song on the album, with shades of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, especially in the track’s last 7 minutes.
Overall, Spiricom manage to create some pretty good post-rock without sounding like another paint-by-numbers Red Sparowes tribute band. Anytime anyone can do that, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Songs for a Summer Séance, as well as Spiricom’s first release, Opening the Portal, are available on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Google Play. You can check out the band’s website HERE.