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Saff’ Landan band Killington Fall sail the murky waters of instrumental music; which in itself it’s a largely undefined mass full of pirates, and go no-where tossy concept albums about, I don’t know, fucking talking mountains. However they impressed us with the intimacy and passion of 2nd gen blink and you’ll miss the heart break emo,  but the maturity of post-rock. So considering their aptitude at the genre, we asked them to give us the 411 on instrumental bands.

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Explosions In The Sky – Catastrophe and the Cure

This is easily my favourite EITS song.  The four of them just work so well together; you can tell that musically they all know each other inside out. This song also holds my favourite guitar part ever written. About halfway through, after various climaxes and falls, this small guitar part comes in and just feels like the calm after the storm. Brilliant.

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Oceansize – Ornament/The Last Wrongs

Oceansize are downright badass.  This song covers every aspect of what Oceansize are capable of as a band.  I’m a big fan of how they use the voice as more of an instrument, rather than over the top of everything else.  This song just keeps building and building, it’s great.

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Toe – Tremelo + Delay

I only recently got into Toe, but was sucked straight in.  The musicianship is just ridiculous with Kashikura Takashi a complete beast on the drums. The whole band is just so tight and the definition on every instrument is impeccable.  Just wish I could play like them….

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65daysofstatic – Massive Star At The End Of It’s Burning Cycle

65 were my first real adventure into the realm of instrumental music, and have been a huge influence ever since.  I somehow managed to stumble across this hidden gem of a 65 song after I was first introduced to them.  The vocal sample at the beginning, from an old 70’s film called ‘Wizards,’ suits the song perfectly as it then continues into a barrage of noise for the next 5 minutes!  Also a firm reminder as to why 6/8 is the best time signature out there.

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This Will Destroy You – Burial On the Presidio Banks

This song was one of the main components for us becoming an instrumental.  After hearing the ambience and the vast amount of noises that TWDY could create, we thought we had to have a go at that ourselves.  TWDY have continued to be a huge influence from the first song we wrote on our EP, Soft-Point, to putting the finished touches on Paths/Trails (Pt.V).

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