Here’s a fresh find for you today. We’re big fans of the expansive, often thrilling and cinematic forms of post-rock – you know, bands like Long Distance Calling, God Is An Astronaut, and Explosions In The Sky. These bands happen to be very good at the kind of music you might find in the climax of a movie, or they might provide the perfect soundtrack to falling asleep at night.
You’ll likely find those traits and more in “Heracles”, the profoundly interesting new single by Swiss post-rock outfit Hubris. Having released two previous intriguing full-lengths previously, the relatively new band proves to be quite talented at what they’re going for – lush, lengthy, and atmospheric post-rock. Needless to say, we think you’ll dig this one, so give it a spin below.
“Music to us is the greatest tool to translate and express our feelings and mindset,” begins drummer Nathan Gros. “Thus, composing this album was a delicate and profound experience for both of us. But for the sake of paying tribute to all the incredible musicians and bands out there, we would also like to add Nils Frahm, Anderson Paak, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Gojira – unfortunately we have to stop there for brevity, even though there are many more – to the list.”
“Heracles is not only about the 12 different trials but also encompasses the entire life of the mythological Greek hero,” continues Gros. “Like all the other songs of the album, it is about the cycle of life and death, but also (and more importantly) about reincarnation and rebirth. The different parts of the songs represent both Heracles’s trials and the various stages of his life, the last two being musical illustrations of his rise to Mount Olympus and his place among the gods until the end of times.
Coming off the back of a band restructure, Metempsychosis marks the dawn of a new era for Hubris. – one that not only brings a new and exciting approach to both composition and live performances but also explores new avenues. Their previous albums, especially Apocryphal Gravity, drew from reviewers and fans alike. With new material already in the works and a busy touring schedule over the next 12 months, opportunities to see their sweeping post-rock in action will soon grace Europe and India after a tour that left Australian heads spinning.
Hubris. new album, Metempsychosis, is out 13 March 2020 through Art As Catharsis.
Their first single, Heracles, is available for streaming now via Bandcamp, Spotify and all good streaming platforms.