Dianogah Battle Champions

This record features all the earmarks of post-rock (the two bassists and a drummer line-up, the instrumental tendencies, the interest in melodic noodling) - so much so that it's a bit of a shock when bassist Jay Ryan starts singing on "Time For A Game of Stick." Not to knock his singing (although his low- and off-key monotone isn't stunning), but Dianogah is better off without it. The post-rock convention they don't rely is an abundance of complexity; absent the need to clutter straightforward songs with abstract time signatures, the band is comfortable relying on their own impressive skills. (Southern)