Lost In The Riots - 'Stranger In The Alps'

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on 31 January 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Self-released
Rating 9/10

We're not sure what's most impressive about this album: the fact that Lost In The Riots created and financed it all by themselves, or that it's so damn good. Sure to stand up as one of the best post-rock debuts of the year, the eye-opening 'Stranger In The Alps' is a punishing opening statement from a band who are now hitting their stride. In gestation for the guts of 8 months, the album's sharp production has an immediate effect, with the title track opening the album in style, the quartet's math-rock tendencies making for a thrilling listen. Stretching to 47 minutes, the album moves through its 9 tracks with an accomplished sense of grace, cinematic tracks like 'Pearl River Delta' complementing more hard-hitting compositions, of which the masterful 'The City Burned' is the highlight. The quartet's sense of melody and use of contrasting dynamics helps them to stand out; when there's a tendency for post-rock bands to focus too much on the slow build popularised by such bands as Explosions in the Sky, Lost in the Riots favour unpredictability and flowing song structures over anything else, and their debut's immediacy aids their cause even more. When you find a 'Stranger In The Alps', you treasure it, because albums like this don't come along every day of the week.

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