Because of Ghosts – ‘The Battle of Mount Royal’
Post rock usually gets a lambasting these days, which is probably fair considering so many bands of that ilk are intend on recycling the same, tired ideas peddled by better bands that have come before them like Mogwai, Mono or Explosions in the Sky. Because of Ghosts, though, have a few more tricks up their sleeves than the usual ersatz instrumental rock outfits. This Culture of Background Noise is the Melbourne trio’s latest offering of spare, cerebral and minimal music, built around rambling drum iines and angular, at times amodal guitar riffage. Most of the songs on the disc are five minutes plus, and while ‘The Battle of Mount Royal’ might not be representative of the build-and-release structures that inform the majority of the music, it’s still a killer tune.