COLD­BONES

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Where It All Be­gan

CROOKED NOISE

Kent-based in­stru­men­tal post-rock trio take flight

Hav­ing gar­nered quite a fol­low­ing since the re­lease of their first EP, Dis­tance, in 2014, this full-length de­but sees Kent trio Cold­bones con­fi­dently stand up to the prom­ise of be­ing one of postrock’s shin­ing lights. Based around the life­cy­cle of a but­ter­fly, the shim­mer­ing gui­tar lines of opener Cas­paces evoke posthard­core at its most in­ter­est­ing, while the ti­tle track swells from its bright ori­gin into mood­ier realms. The dark cor­ners and throb­bing bass have the ex­pres­sive feel of Tool, aug­mented by chim­ing melodies on New Heights and lush sus­tain dur­ing Lost, with things reach­ing an ex­hil­a­rat­ing peak dur­ing the gor­geous tin­ker­ing and pro­found ex­plo­sion of Mo­ments. While the tracks feel sprawl­ing, Cold­bones ac­tu­ally keep their ideas suc­cinct, quickly es­tab­lish­ing a bond through catchy mo­ments and clever rhythms be­fore mov­ing into the next foray and leav­ing some­thing to re­flect on.

FOR FANS OF: EX­PLO­SIONS IN THE SKY, TIDES OF MAN, MOG­WAI

ADAM REES

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