While walking is a duo from Barcelona, Spain that recently released their eponymous album while walking. On the Bandcamp page for while walking it states “We make music playing a double-neck guitar/bass with a loop pedal (Callum) & drums (Ingrid).”.My first thoughts were they sound really full for a two piece band.
The music itself is a mix of rock genres. There seems to be notable comparisons to post-rock bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Do Make Say Think. That being said there are also songs which align more with a band like Interpol.
The band opens with “A new city for the first time” and here we have a very post-punk sounding song. The post-rock flavor is rather subdued here at first until the bright guitars come into the mix.
“We went to Manchester” is where we really get into foundational post-rock in the spirit of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The mood is darker and foreboding. One of the highlights was “Dear green place” which had some first cool grooves. I loved the jazzy tones and textures on this song. There are some very inventive sounding transitions.
“For our Mothers” is sweet and reflective while “Monday's movie” is a slow burn in a way but also drives. Another highlight was “Happy lights” which sounds like the title. “Carrer Astúries” is quite warm while “Hello Sweden” is the most intimate song.
I actually thought more songs with this type of intimacy and meditative silence would have been interesting. They pull it off really well. “Street art” is wild but very cool and has a psychedelic sound. The multiple guitar lines were ear candy. They close with “Stop and enjoy the view” which melts over you with delay and reverb.
This is a very good album and felt like something fans of post-rock in particular would enjoy. Take a listen.
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