There has never been a point in time where post-rock’s growth was more conspicuous, with the emergence of new projects almost on a daily basis, and with the exponential increase of its auditory and the diversity of the listeners that comprise it.
This is why articles like this that appear on Arctic Drones magazine are, we think, of great significance these days: to debunk to some extent the idea that post-rock is slowly walking towards its executioner in this presumed and metaphorical death row, and to introduce to the audience new and exciting projects that have a tendency to fly under the radar. With this particular article, we’d like to invite you on an inside tour through the Portuguese post-rock scene, which is presently, in our unassuming opinion, one of the most interesting and (enigmatically) latent movements in all Europe.
Portugal was once a land of explorers, of great tales of adventure and dauntless odysseys through the seas and the unknown, and whose deeds had a tremendous impact on the relations between the world’s civilizations and on the evolution of the human race itself. The profound connection to the past and the memories of a better time or place is, till this day, something quite present among the Portuguese people and in how they live their days. This enduring state of nostalgia is rooted in them in such a way that not only did they create a specific musical genre – fado – to solely sing about the past and the melancholy of lost loves and gone moments, but also invented the (untranslatable) word itself – saudade – to describe that sense of yearning and incompleteness towards something or someone.
The identity of Portuguese post-rock conveys much of those sentiments: it is predominantly influenced by the emotionalism and introspection that comes from that longing contemplation and wistful approach to life and, through that, it tries to explore and comprehend the essence of the human experience a bit better, as well as the nature of everything that surround us, and everything that could be above us and beyond our big terrestrial home. And if it is true that the world as we know it began to be discovered by the Portuguese explorers, it is no less true that the Portuguese post-rockers could take us on a new grand otherworldly journey; one that may bring us closer to the stars and strengthen our connection with the cosmos and, thereby, our own existence.