pg.lost album review – Versus

Instrumental Swedes pg.lost put some spice into their post-rock with new album

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In an age of tl;dr and instant gratification, it’s inspiring that the post-rock scene is still flourishing. Laughing in the face of gang vocals and catchy choruses, the chin-stroking subgenre takes the scenic route.

Sweden’s pg.lost are no strangers to this world, and Versus solidifies their passion for explorative and experimental music.

Less ethereal than Alcest, it has a dirtier, more rock’n’roll edge that permeates the spacious, glistening instrumentals, like the fuzzy swagger of Off The Beaten Path. The sci-fi synths and whirring electronics that echo through the album allow each song to flow and intertwine, opening new chapters on the journey. And while most post-rock bands rely on more a more melancholic atmosphere, the shimmering, uplifting guitars pull you free from the swamp of despair – most noticeably on Along The Edges. While not every song leaves a lasting impression, veering off down different tangents before subtle nuances can be absorbed, the unashamed ruggedness and craftsmanship make pg.lost stand out from the pack.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.