Label: Sargent House Post-rock is a decidedly nebulous genre, but Los Angeles quintet Red Sparowes find themselves loosely aligned with the likes of Pelican and Isis (of whom guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer is also a member). Atmospheric, evocative and often cerebral, it’s both the perfect soundtrack to and the antidote for the tumultuous times we live in. In its own right, The Fear… is an impressive piece of work. It is a solely instrumental soundscape, substituting the subtleties of tweaks in tonal colour and volume for the overt gestures and statements more usually associated with rock vocalists. The chiming, jangly guitars of Meyer and Emma Ruth Rundle lend the sound a maudlin, shoe-gazey quality of which The Cure or The Chameleons would have been proud. The end result is a seamless sonic journey across terrain both bleak and beautiful.