Kerretta - Vilayer
When bands like Mogwai et all first entered the scene, instrumental post-rock seemed fresh and exciting, a truly epic and emotive form of guitar-music. These days they're ten a penny, and here New Zealand trio Keretta are giving us their tuppence-worth. Latest album Vilayer veers to the heavier spectrum of sound, with tracks like 'Maven Fade' featuring some pretty chunky, discordant riffing. What Keretta bring to the table however is a sense of melody and focus which many bands lack, their compositions feeling as though they are actually headed somewhere rather than just being a wanky demonstration of a bands virtuosity, or showing a knack for dragging a song out ten minutes longer than it should. As the Auckland boys quite rightly point out on the third track, 'The Secret is Momentum', and never do these guys lose it through each of the eight songs. Along with Irish quartet And So I Watch You From Afar, Keretta seem to have breathed a bit of new life into a stale genre, but more importantly they've made it fun too.