Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

Mogwai, 65daysofstatic, Explosions In The Sky


band members

Adam Mostek, Andrew Pearsall, Nicholas Hall and Ryan Fitz-Henry


Influences

Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Battles, Deerhunter, Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Website

solkyri.com

Bio

Mount Pleasant' is Solkyri’s long-awaited follow up their 2015 release 'Sad Boys Club'. This record sees the band further build upon their unique approach to post-rock, reaching new limits of aggression, intricacy and intimacy. With ‘Mount Pleasant’ the band strives to push the boundaries of both sides of its personality, its unyielding energy and its tender moments of vulnerability. ‘Mount Pleasant’ is the culmination of years of personal reflection and rediscovery of passion.

The record was inspired by the theme of deception, deceit and false facades. Tracks like ‘Potemkin’, one of the more unrelenting songs on this album, takes inspiration from the architecture of the Potemkin Village, a construction used to deceive others into believing a situation is better than it is. Similarly, closing track ‘Gueules Cassées’, is a reference to the ‘broken faces’ of French soldiers who suffered horrific facial mutilations from the first war in history fought on an industrial scale. The track attempts to invoke the horror and chaos of a war that was advertised as a sporting adventure with your mates.
In contrast, tracks like ‘Meet me in the Meadow’, a delicate Rhodes-driven piece ,showcases new ground broken by the band in their approach to song craft, allowing members to experiment with new configurations within the band.

While Solkyri have explored new territory on this record, they have also honed their style of energetic post-rock laden with pop melodies on tracks like ‘Pendock & Progress’ and ‘Shambles’. Both tracks are built around the interplay of guitars and driving rhythms, with nods to math-rock, shoegaze and ambient music. Such tracks with fit seamlessly into Solkyri’s already dynamic live sets.

For this album, Solkyri opted to self-produce, with guitarist Ryan Fitz-Henry taking the helm. The record, like previous records, was mixed by Dax Liniere at his state of the art studio in London.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

15 Nov 2019

Triple J
40

A track in two halves, the first spilled across a flurry of drums and gliding guitars and the second polarizing that with beautiful, arctic ambience that climaxes with the return of that monster post-rock sound.

A track in two halves, the first spilled across a flurry of drums and gliding guitars and the second polarizing that with beautiful, arctic ambience that climaxes with the return of that monster post-rock sound.

Review

Review of Yes, I'm Breathing by Solkyri Richard Kingsmill

11 May 2015

Triple J
40

Crescendos, chaos, cascading melodies, precision playing and some wonderfully timed handclaps. Nice work.

Crescendos, chaos, cascading melodies, precision playing and some wonderfully timed handclaps. Nice work.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

02 Apr 2015

Triple J
40

Beautiful and precisely chaotic finish to this new one from Solkyri.

Beautiful and precisely chaotic finish to this new one from Solkyri.