Fail Again, Fail Better
I’ll try anything I find from Fluttery Records, which is how I arrived at this, the debut album by Milan-based post-rockers, Collpase.Rebuild. It’s billed as an album – but it occupies the space of an EP, 25 minutes and just five tracks. Its brevity is both its strength and weakness given this is instrumental music, and in the post-rock landscape such sonics should sprawl and envelop; should take their time.
That most of the tracks are over in under in less than five minutes and none make it to the seven minute mark is, frankly, intriguing. For that I think Tristeza might well have been the model (the pre-Album Leaf musical setting for Jimmy LaValle).
Fans of Jakob and – particularly – Kereta should find plenty to like here; a metal edge slowly, surely makes its way known, so that by the album’s closing brace of tracks (the two six minute pieces that build on a mood) we’re in the practice room with the thousands of guitarists over the last 30 years that have heard Iommi, Satriani and Hetfield/Hammett as prime influences before moving on to incorporate Tool and the like.
Hey, I really like this – I just want more. Maybe they’ll not only “fail better” next time, as their Samuel Beckett paraphrasing instructs. But longer too.